Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Statement from the board - We're cooperating with DA's investigation
Here is the new statement from the school system on its actions:
The Board wants to reassure the public that, contrary to published media accounts, the DeKalb County School District is cooperating fully in the DeKalb District Attorney’s (“DA”) investigation. The public should be aware of the following.
• The District wants any irregularities to be fully investigated and the truth to be found, regardless of who may or may not be implicated.
• It was for this reason that the School District at the direction of the Board and upon the recommendation of Dr. Lewis asked the DA to investigate
• Except for a few documents withheld on the basis of attorney-client privilege, all documents requested by the DA’s office have been produced by the School District.
• We have sent hundreds of thousands of pages of documents from the School District to the DA.
• The DA executed search warrants removing truckloads of documents from School District facilities with no interference by the School District.
• Our attorneys, on behalf of the School District, have produced approximately 9000 pages of documents.
When the School District received the DA’s Open Records Act request on December 18, there were no further documents to produce. The School District had already produced everything for which the Request asked.
• The School District has asserted the attorney-client privilege, as it is entitled to do, for certain privileged communications and documents relating to legal advice sought or provided by counsel. The School District has not waived this privilege due to pending litigation, which is appropriate under the circumstances.
• However, the School District’s lawyers have fully answered all non-privileged questions.
• In addition, the School District provided a Contract Compliance Officer to assist the DA staff with the investigation for several months.
• Six School District employees voluntarily appeared for questioning by the DA.
• We informed the DA’s office more than a month ago that all of the Board members had agreed to be interviewed.
• As these facts show, any statement that the School District has not cooperated in the DA’s investigation is completely inaccurate.
• We will continue to cooperate with the DA’s office and are hopeful that it will complete its investigation promptly. In the meantime, we as a District remain focused on improving our schools so that they provide the best educational opportunities for the children of DeKalb County.