In his continuing effort to increase the public’s trust in the Tucson Unified School District, Governing Board member Michael Hicks is calling for an investigation into unusually large donations made to the campaigns of Governing Board members and candidates for re-election Cam Juarez and Kristel Foster.
According to ARS 16-907: prohibited contributions; standing political committees; classification, makes any person who knowingly accepts a contribution made by one person in the name of another person guilty of a class 6 felony.
“By TUSD Board Members Cam Juarez and Kristel Foster accepting campaign contributions totaling $10,000 from the spouse of an established vendor with TUSD, we risk losing all public trust. This has the potential to be a criminal act. We must hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards,” stated Hicks.
The unprecedented $5,000 contributions made to each Foster, and Juarez were made by a Ms. Carly Brooks. Ms. Brooks’ husband, Mr. Rob Brooks, is the Vice President of Marketing for ESI. ESI’s contract was recently approved in a vote of Consent Agenda item. No discussion was allowed by Board president Adelita Grijalva.
In July, Ms. Foster and Mr. Juarez joined TUSD Board President Mrs. Adelita Grijalva in approving the $21 million contract with ESI, a company out of Phoenix that TUSD is now using to outsource its substitute teachers. In August, Ms. Brooks made the contributions, according to campaign finance records.
“I am demanding that we bring integrity and transparency back to the TUSD Board of Governors and to our election system, I will be filing a formal complaint with the Arizona Secretary of State,” said Hicks. “We must have an impartial investigation into these campaign contributions. We cannot afford further erosion of confidence in our public schools. Our kids’ education is at stake.
[Attached: Copies of relevant documents obtained thus far]