TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Monday, the Vigo County School Board voted six to zero to negotiate or take action against Energy Systems Group, a company who previously worked on lighting and electrical systems within schools in the county.
“It authorizes our attorneys to negotiate or, if the need arises, to file a lawsuit on behalf of the school corporation,” VCSC Superintendent Rob Haworth said.
In September of 2018, Energy Systems Group was named in a probable cause affidavit, claiming the company provided benefits to former superintendent Danny Tanoos in exchange for work.
According to court documents, from 2000 until 2016 ESG entered into nine contracts with the Vigo County School Corporation for more than 42 million dollars, while making 11 million dollars in profit.
Superintendent Haworth says, the school corporation believes they overpaid ESG for their work.
“When you look at the dollar amount that ESG admits to making on those projects, we struggle with what the industry standard is and what we paid for the cost of those projects,” Haworth said.
Haworth says it will be up to the school corporation’s attorneys to handle negotiations moving forward.
When asked about the possible amount that could be owed to Vigo County Schools, Haworth says it could be a large amount.
“I think it could be very much so in the millions,” Haworth said.
Haworth says a deadline has been set for negotiations between the school corporation and ESG.
Haworth says he hopes that the situation can be resolved quickly.
We have reached out to ESG for response but we have no heard back at this time.