Complaint filed against RBJUHSD for potential fraud

Red Bluff Union High School District office

A complaint has been filed against the Red Bluff Joint Union High School District for potential fraud after some parents say the process for hiring the project manager for bond-funded projects was not handled properly.

There are concerns expressed over the project manager that was approved by the Board of Trustees and Superintendent to be in charge of the Measure J funds at Red Bluff High School and over the contract established between the district and the project management. The complaint has been filed against the district's decision in hiring a project manager to oversee the bonds of Measure J.

Measure J is a $26 million bond approved by Tehama County voters in November 2016, to help Red Bluff High School make repairs and upgrades for the school.

Zan Schreder of Schreder & Associates Project Management was hired in March 2017 to oversee the improvements by the board.

The complaint filed against the district argues Schreder and Associates is a "non-existent company." A Bond Oversight Committee member, Jenny Alexander, said the whole hiring process was flawed.

"There's just a lot of things missing from the vetting process that should've been done to ensure we had a quality project manager, and instead we have a fraudulent contract," said Alexander.

Oversight committee chairman Robert Miller filed the overall complaint implying that "Schreder and Associates Project Management failed to file a Fictitious Business Statement."

Alexander said the district also overpaid for the contract and that the sum between the project manager and the district is more than what the project would require.

"This contract is worth more than $700,000 as it is currently written and the same work should be able to be done for between $150,000-$350,000," said Alexander.

The district will hold an investigation on the complaint and investigate if there is substance to the complaint. The Superintendent of the Red Bluff Joint Union High School District said the project manager was selected properly and that the contract agreement of $700,000 is the "norm of the practice."

He said he cannot comment further due to the filing of the report and the investigation and said everything will come out after the findings of the report.

The board will hold a closed session meeting Wednesday, January 17., to overlook the report in order to address the complaint. If the report is accepted, a public summary will be released to the public.

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