DE SOTO, Kan. (AP) — A Johnson County school district superintendent is coming under fire for spending almost a million dollars on wireless technology without taking bids or getting board approval.
The Kansas City Star (http://is.gd/weMdnw) reports that the district tried to return the equipment and start over. But the manufacturer told district officials that its 30-day window for returns closed a month ago.
The board was discussing the issue more Friday morning. But district spokesman Alvie Cater says officials have determined the board essentially has two options: Keep the equipment and pay for it, or don’t keep the equipment and pay for it.
Superintendent Doug Sumner has declined to comment on the purchase, but Cater acknowledged a “misstep.”
The De Soto school board requires that bids be taken if a product’s cost exceeds $20,000.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com