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Allegations Surface Against River Road

Amarillo lawyer Jesse Quackenbush wants the State Attorney General to investigate. Amarillo lawyer Jesse Quackenbush wants the State Attorney General to investigate.
Superintendent Randy Owen says the land offer came after the bond election. Superintendent Randy Owen says the land offer came after the bond election.

Perjury, impropriety those are a few of the allegations surrounding the River Road Independent School District and its' board tonight.

The district has been trying to acquire land to finish building a new high school. But an Amarillo attorney says they are going about it all wrong. Now he wants the State Attorney General to investigate.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg explains the allegations.

One of the school board members at the River Road Independent School District is also a salesman for Prudential ADA Realtors - the company that brokered many of the land deals surrounding the new school. The superintendent testified under oath that this board member abstained from voting on issues regarding the property acquisition. We have documents proving the superintendent misspoke.

"Through an open records request that we filed with the school district we found out he did have an active participating role on as a voting member of the board important issues including which real estate company to hire well he happen to vote for his own real estate company," says Jesse Quackenbush, an Amarillo lawyer.

Quackenbush says that constitutes perjury. He represents landowners who run this salvage yard where the school district wants to buy the property to finish building the school. According to Quackenbush the school district was offered land by the Bivins family to construct a school free of charge... and neglected to tell taxpayers.

"The taxpayers in River Road should've been advised by the school board that the Bivins family offered free land to build their school, they were not advised of this, they were misled I think," says Quackenbush.

Superintendent Randy Owen says the land offer came after the bond election. Owen says it wasn't practical, because the land was six or seven miles away from where they wanted to construct the campus. Quackenbush believes the free land was turned down because there was opportunity for the realtor to profit. He wants to know where the 6% commission from each sale went.

"We've asked the Attorney General to intervene because we filed an open records request and the school has refused to turn over the sales documents that indicates how much commission is being paid to whom. I believe the taxpayers in river road deserve to know where their money is being spent," says Quackenbush.

Quackenbush sent off the request to the Attorney General's office today. He hopes to know soon if they will agree to investigate the school district.

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