Investigation - Grand Prairie ISD Home Renovations

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Grand Prairie taxpayers bought a home, on a sprawling property for close to $700,000.  Grand Prairie ISD's superintendent lives there for about a thousand dollars a month.  And a FOX 4 investigation continues finding more money spent on this home.
 
When we questioned the district about spending $125,000 dollars to renovate the $700,000 home, currently for the superintendent, the board president, at the time, said that "mold" was a factor in paying for the renovations.
 
But since then, we've found the board has not been able to produce any documentation of mold at the house.                    
The costly renovations were done without board approval, even though the total amount involved required their okay.
 
The district admitted splitting the cost into separate, lower amounts was a violation of district policy and have retained an outside attorney to look into that.
 
But the issue of why those renovations were necessary in the first place is still unclear.
 
The district put out a statement last month, quoting then-board president, Terry Brooks as saying: "the home required extensive maintenance including mold remediation which was accomplished along with some additional improvements."
 
However, none of the invoices we had received said anything about mold remediation.
So we requested the inspection report done before Grand Prairie ISD bought the house.
 
There is not one mention of mold being found.
 
And the school district failed to produce any seller's disclosure of mold, or any records at all that reference mold.
 
Today, Brooks, who is still on the board as a trustee did not answer our questions about why he said the renovations included mold remediation, saying:
 
"The president is our spokesperson for the district."
 
The newly elected school board president, Steve Pryor, told me over the phone that "mold remediation" may not have been the right term to use. 
 
He said he did not want to talk on camera, because of the investigation into the renovations.
The district points out that Superintendent Hull pays rent for the home.
 
The adjusted cost to her is $1,000 a month.
 
Late today, the district sent us a statement about not having documentation of mold in the house.
Spokesman Sam Buchmeyer said the word "mold" was in the inspection report:  the part where it said inspectors are not required to find mold.
 
Buchmeyer also claims there was mold remediation, but he admits, it was minor.

 

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