James H. "Sloppy" Floyd Building

Part IV: Audit questions contractor pay

Aug 13, 2021
Key Points
  • Program for thousands of struggling students caves in three years.
  • Tension built between program leader and state schools chief.
  • Audit targets consultant fees and spotty oversight.
Ordered by Woods’ office, the audit identified about a dozen outside contracts at the turnaround office that rounded out to two years’ worth of about $1.3 million, nearly a third of the office’s total spending through mid-2019. Auditors questioned why some consultants secured contracts that roughly doubled their daily pay rates from $500 a day ...