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Scottsdale Unified Attorney: No Procurement Codes Violated When Hiring Architect

An outside attorney hired by the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) says officials did not violate procurement codes when hiring an architect for the district's current facilities update project. The findings were part of an SUSD-sponsored investigation.

Attorney Susan Segal with the law firm Gust Rosenfeld reported the findings at a special school board meeting Tuesday afternoon. She says while the district did not violate procurement law when hiring architecture firm Hunt & Caraway, there were concerns about how much the firm billed the district.

"There is evidence that the district has been overbilled by Hunt & Caraway in a significant amount," Segal said. "Although the exact amount is still to be determined."

Segal added there were also concerns about the background of the firm’s principal, Brian Robichaux, specifically the fact that he was not a registered architect. Segal said that did lead to a violation of procurement code later on in the project because Robichaux was on a selection committee to hire a contractor for the project.

The report was not provided to the public at the meeting. Reporters requesting a copy were instructed to submit a public records request. 

Gust Rosenfeld is the same law firm that’s providing SUSD counsel on its 2016 bond sale.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.