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Thursday, May 31, 2007

KCSD leader facing indictment in Texas

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William F. Coleman III, the chief business officer at the Kansas City school district, has been indicted in Texas on "charges he helped arrange a multimillion-dollar computer contract in return for a Florida trip and thousands of dollars in bribes," Joe Robertson reports.

Coleman wasn't available for comment Wednesday night, but his attorney says he'll be fully exonerated. He's also cooperating with the FBI, the lawyer added. Since arriving in Kansas City, Coleman's taken a lead role in the district's budget and schools reorganization.

The superintendent had wanted Coleman to become KCSD's chief operating officer this summer. That might be up in the air for now, though the superintendent says Coleman has been doing good work. One of the school board members, Joel Pelofsky, agreed: "He’s done really fine work here. He has the kind of personality and diligence that this district needs."

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