FIRST CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE FORT BEND SCHOOL BOARD
Two Fort Bend Independent School District board members are accused of intentionally withholding public records in the hours before a controversial rezoning vote.
Dolcefino Consulting has filed formal criminal complaints against Kristin Tassin and Dave Rosenthal for refusing to turn over phone records detailing school district business.
The complaints were delivered to the Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton Monday afternoon.
“The public right to know is fundamental to the operation of school districts,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “These complaints are a direct result of the arrogance being shown by members of the School Board. It will not stand.”
Tassin went on Facebook calling parents and little children bullies after members of the Riverstone community protested the secretive process being used to justify the rezoning. Dolcefino Consulting sent Tassin and other members of the Fort Bend District multiple requests for records, including phone records, text and photo messages. Tassin opened our e-mail request on March 1, 2019 but refused to even sign the certified letter detailing the same request. She has produced no documents.
Board Member David Rosenthal wants to be reelected, yet he ignored our request to produce his school district related phone calls. These phone records are not in the custody of FBISD and that is why we directed our requests to the elected officially individually. Dolcefino Consulting plans to file additional complaints in the coming days.
“The remedy for this intentional withholding of public information is a complaint to the District Attorney, and I have signed the necessary documents to initiate a criminal investigation,” says Dolcefino. “We take the issue of transparency seriously.”
Parents have accused the Fort Bend ISD Board of using false data and potential violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act to justify the rezoning of children at Fort Settlement Middle School. FBISD plans a vote on the rezoning tonight, while they withhold e-mails detailing the backroom dealings, citing in part the Spring Break holiday for the delay.
“We have called on FBISD to delay any vote until all these public records are available to the parents and taxpayers who actually pay the bills for this secrecy so we can prove this is pure politics and a community vendetta,” says Dolcefino. “This should be a primary issue in the upcoming May school board elections. If the people who serve forget who the bosses are, they should resign or be thrown out of office.”
Dolcefino Consulting has already called on Tassin to resign after her attack on parents.
PARENTS FIGHTING THE REZONING WILL MEET WITH THE MEDIA AT 6:00 PM OUTSIDE SCHOOL DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS.