Posted: Oct 17, 2012 3:42 PM
GEORGETOWN (AP) - A school board member in a central Kentucky district says he has been interviewed by the FBI about construction projects.
The announcement by Scott County school board member Haley Conway during a school board meeting Tuesday night comes in the wake of an investigation into the district already under way by the state Office of Education Accountability.
The state is looking into a 15 percent pay raise for district Superintendent Patricia Putty, a school board trip to northern Kentucky and hiring at middle schools.
Both the Georgetown News-Graphic and the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Conway made the announcement before the board voted 4-1 to hire an architectural firm and a construction manager for an $8 million second phase of a new elementary school. Conway was the lone "no" vote.
Conway told the board he had a two-hour conversation with the FBI but did not go into details.
"In the last two weeks, I have been pulled out twice from my job for two interviews with the Office of Education Accountability, and I've also been called with almost a two-hour conversation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation," Conway said.
Conway said the FBI interview did not concern his conduct "but it concerned the district that I represent. I find it highly embarrassing." He also said, "I'm not the only one that they've called. I asked point blank."
Conway's announcement came after he asked a series of questions about why the same firms are hired for architectural and construction management contracts in the district.
Board members said little in response, and no one volunteered whether they had also been interviewed.
Mike Luscher, director of facilities for the Scott County schools, said that every step of school construction is approved by the Kentucky Department of Education.
As for the FBI, Luscher said, "Let 'em come. We'll go through whatever they want to come and ask. ... Anybody can make allegations."
Luscher told reporters later that he had been interviewed by the OEA but said he was unaware of FBI interest. He would not say what he discussed with the OEA.
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