Rialto Unified School District

The Rialto Unified school board voted Wednesday night to hire a law firm to pursue civil litigation against those identified in a Jan. 2013 audit of district purchasing and contracts.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/08/15 – 1:25 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> The school board is going after those who may have benefited from sweetheart contracts and deals with the district in recent years.

At their meeting Wednesday night, the Rialto Unified school board voted to hire Chino-based law firm Gutierrez, Fierro and Erickson as the district’s “prosecuting authority.”

Their mission will be to “investigate, file and conduct civil legal proceedings on behalf of the district arising out of various claims for payment by several persons and entities,” according to the board resolution.

The resolution specifically cites the Jan. 6 Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team audit looking at Rialto Unified’s procurement services.

FCMAT is a collective that helps local school districts with financial and management advice and assistance.

Board members Joe Martinez and Dina Walker abstained from the vote.

“What are the percentages toward being reimbursed, rather than just winning a judgement and not being able to collect? That is the bottom line we need to look at,” Martinez said prior to the vote. “If I were having to spend my own money — my family’s money — I would not move forward. … Would you vote the same if you were spending your family’s money?”

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