Twin Rivers Unified School District trustees voted 5-2 to sign a contract with the law firm Fagan, Friedman and Fulfrost during Thursday evening's school board meeting. Trustees Michael Baker, Bob Bastian, John Dexter, Walter Garcia Kawamoto and board president Cortez Quinn each voted in favor of the contract to have the firm take over as the district's general counsel.
Trustees Linda Fowler and Rebecca Sandoval voted against the contract.
Twin Rivers trustees also voted 4-3 to hire Knapp, Peterson & Clarke to perform an audit of billings from the district's previous law firm, Timothy M. Cary and Associates. The district will pay $25,000 for KPC to review 15 percent of the district's legal bills. Trustees will make a decision about whether to continue the review after initial findings are submitted.
The audit could cost as much as $145,000 for a full analysis and more than $200,000 for a full forensic audit, according to the school board agenda.
Trustees Bastian, Dexter, Kawamoto Garcia and Quinn voted in favor of the audit, while Fowler, Baker and Sandoval voted against it.