Report in Miles Investigation to Be Ready in 2 Weeks

Lead investigator says district also asked him to investigate a few other things

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    The lead investigator looking into the Dallas school district superintendent's handling of a six-figure contract proposal says he will hand in his final report in two weeks. (Published Friday, Aug 23, 2013)

    The lead investigator looking into the Dallas school district superintendent's handling of a six-figure contract proposal says he will hand in his final report in two weeks.

    The investigation started after an employee accused Superintendent Mike Miles of intervening when the district awarded a contract to a vendor. The district’s top investigator accused Miles of trying to stop the investigation.

    Miles Investigation Report to Be Ready in Two Weeks

    [DFW] Miles Investigation Report to Be Ready in Two Weeks
    The lead investigator, Paul Coggins, looking into the Dallas ISD superintendent's handling of a six-figure contract proposal says he will hand in his final report in two weeks. (Published Thursday, Aug 22, 2013)

    The Dallas Independent School District hired Paul Coggins, a former member of the U.S. Attorney's Office, to lead the investigation.

    On Thursday, he met with DISD board members in a private meeting to brief them on his findings. He told NBC 5 he would hand in his final report in two weeks. He also said that the district wants him to looking into a few more things but said he could not elaborate.

    The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday that Coggins talked to two new people, Rene Martinez and Lisa LeMasters, as part of his investigation.

    Martinez, a former DISD employee and currently one of the leaders of the League of United Latin America Citizens in North Texas, confirmed that he met with Coggins.

    Martinez was a vocal opponent of Miles when he started as superintendent. Martinez said he changed his thinking when Miles said he wanted to get rid of bad principals at schools.

    Martinez said he has been communicating with Miles, but as a LULAC leader. Martinez also added that he has not been paid by DISD or anyone to talk to Miles.

    Martinez, who has been involved with DISD issues for several decades, said he hasn’t done anything wrong and that his loyalty is to the district's children and parents.

    "I was born and raised in this city," he said. "I'm a stakeholder. I live here. I have grandchildren in the public schools. I’ve been written up in newspapers and whatever. I'm not going anywhere. The only boss that I have is my wife, my family and LULAC."

    Lisa LeMasters is the head of a public relations agency. The Dallas Morning News reported that she was once a paid consultant to the district and even did some work for the district for free.

    NBC 5 tried to contact LeMasters, but she didn’t call back. Through a spokesman, LeMasters said that "nothing can be said at this time."