Fresno Unified has abruptly canceled a $9 million contract to renovate Figarden Elementary School after construction has already started, citing concerns about school board president Brooke Ashjian’s conflicts of interest with local contractors.
But Ashjian is pointing the finger back at the district, saying an expected increase in the project’s cost – including an additional $800,000 that’s already been incurred – is due to district leaders’ own ineptitude.
“The cost did not rise because of me. It was the school district’s inability to manage contracts. It had nothing to do with me,” Ashjian said. “It’s on them. They’ve known for a year that potentially there could be a problem, and they just now stopped it.”