$40-Mil Breach of Contract Suit Against DISD Gets New Defendant: Ex-DISD Trustee Price

ronpriceportrait.jpg
Photo by Mark Graham
Ron Price
Earlier this month we outlined Lewisville-based Delcom Group's $40-million breach of contract claim against the Dallas Independent School District, which was filed after the district suddenly and surreptitiously yanked its board-approved contract to give classrooms a high-tech makeover and went with second-place finisher Prime Systems out of Houston. Delcom alleges that the DISD backed out of the contract only after Delcom turned over to the district its propriety designs, which were then handed over to Prime. The suit also alleges that the district rationalized its reasons for killing the sealed deal by claiming it had received information from an anonymous John Doe, who ratted out a Delcom employee with a long-ago felony on his record involving some stolen fishing equipment.

Well, this morning Delcom's attorneys filed a second amended petition in which it names that John Doe: none other than former DISD trustee Ron Price, who spent much of this '06 Observer cover story insisting he was not ethically challenged. Price is now named in the suit, as is Prime President Hsiangpin Michael Chang. The suit now alleges that Chang "contacted Price to assert Price's influence with the employees and Trustees of DISD and to intentionally interfere with the formation of the relationship between DISD and Delcom."

According to the complaint, Price contacted interim Superintendent Alan King, then the chief financial officer, and Price's one-time challenger Bernadette Nutall and told them about the Delcom employee. This was in mid-May, before the May 27 board meeting at which Delcom's contract was OK'd by the trustees. But shortly after Michael Hinojosa resigned in early June, alleges the suit:
One of King's initial moves as Interim Superintendent was to again direct [Gary] Kerbow [the district's director of purchasing] to investigate the Delcom employee's felony, but this time without any input whatsoever from Delcom. Indeed, the District kept secret the fact that it was internally "investigating" Delcom even as the two parties were working together on an expedited basis in order to have as many classrooms outfitted with Delcom's plan, structure, and design of the Digital Classrooms project by the start of the 2011-2012 school year. The internal investigation consisted of felony conviction documents provided by Ron Price to Bernadette Nutall and internet printouts from various websites purporting to outline Delcom's organizational structure.

King and Nutall in fact never intended Delcom to implement its own design, even though DISD had in fact already awarded the contract to Delcom.
DISD policy is not to comment on pending litigation, though I have asked if King will comment. And attorneys for both sides are, at this very moment, at the George Allen for a hearing. Updates forthcoming. Till then, this morning's filing follows. DISD v Delcom Second Amd. Petition
My Voice Nation Help
8 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
Notfromhouston
Notfromhouston

http://blogs.dallasobserver.co... 

Just posted in previous blog worth taking another look at regarding same subject. Came across several names provided from another poster and caused me to start researching the people behind the suits.  Please take a look and try your hand at researching a few of those names (it gets ugly and makes you wonder why the legal team can't figure it out).

Bottom line: can't trust either vendor Prime or Delcom and there is nothing to guess about Ron Price's ethics.  Too bad DISD management cannot figure these things out earlier rather than later.  Not that us teachers need more technology in the classrooms to enlighten and teach the students, but there is no reason for the inflated $40million price tag for a digital classroom to cost us (taxpayers) more for something that will be replaced in a few years when the next greatest whim is proposed. 

Enough already!  Felons selling to Felons stealing from Felons at the expense of the taxpayer and detriment to the student and teacher.  That is really what is going on.

Sick and Tired of Corruption
Sick and Tired of Corruption

Nutall is set to run for Dallas County Commissioners Court.   Great - that's all we need is more corruption on that court.  By the way, John Wiley Price has already endorsed her.  If she wins the primary, y'all had better strongly consider voting Republican this time around. 

BCulbreath
BCulbreath

Have these forgot FBI agents just left Dallas County buildings.What Price did was wrong Nutall should not get caught up in that old Ron Price movement.Ron Price did not run interference for free.What is  sad ,an ex offender got a second chance ,and Company who gave opportunity for is punished,and  people responsible  are committing a felony.

Michael MacNaughton
Michael MacNaughton

WTF is Ron Price doing - pretending to be some whistle-blower?  Something smells here and it doesn't have anything to do with Nutall and King.

StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

Our teachers got fired while millions were spent to renovate schools like O.M. Roberts only to be torn down! ....and DISD's Contractors (friends) well they won't suffer through any budget cuts! DISD lies, cheats, steals and conceals all their dirty deals!  Check out two videos about DISD's wasteful spending and the reckless destruction going on at Jubilee Park.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Once the FBI gets done cleaning the septic tank on Marilla, perhaps their next job can be the DISD?

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

I can only pray that this would occur.   Long long overdue.  Hell they are the poster child for bad local government (DISD Trustees & Administration).

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Think there could be a little pay off going on here ? I wonder who else is looking into this matter ?Could this civil case have some criminal implications ?

 

 

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...