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The Latest: AG finds Scottsdale school district violated law

February 22, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a Scottsdale school district accused of unlawfully awarding construction contracts (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

The Arizona attorney general is calling for a halt to construction work in the Scottsdale Unified School District that they say was unlawfully contracted.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a complaint in Maricopa County Superior Court on Thursday asking for an injunction to stop two projects.

Brnovich states in the documents a district committee overseeing the bidding process did not comply with state procurement laws.

He alleges the head of an architecture firm serving on the committee unlawfully influenced the outcome.

District Superintendent Denise Birdwell is currently on leave in the wake of growing concern about conflicts of interest related to the construction projects.


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A Phoenix-area school district has placed its superintendent on paid administrative leave following growing concerns about conflicts of interest and procurement practices.

The board of the Scottsdale Unified School District on Wednesday placed Superintendent Denise Birdwell on leave after a prolonged closed-door session with its legal counsel.

District officials say the board acted in the best interest of the district and no additional information is available because it’s a personnel matter.

The district hired an outside attorney in November to investigate allegations regarding the district’s use of an architecture firm for construction projects and other issues involving conflicts of interest.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office also launched a probe late last year.

Birdwell became the district’s interim superintendent in January 2016. She was named superintendent later that year.

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