One Cobb County Apple iBook audit expected to finish soon

“A New York-based firm auditing the bidding process of Cobb County’s controversial laptop computer program is expected to finish its field work Friday, although investigators have not told school officials when they will issue an opinion. Cobb school board members hired corporate investigation specialist Kessler International two weeks ago, at the same time they asked District Attorney Pat Head to conduct a separate audit into how Apple Computer won the laptop contract,” Kristina Torres reports for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Like the firm, Head started his investigation last week, but he would not say when he expected to finish. “I don’t know how you can create a timeline if you don’t know what you’re going to run into,” Head said, adding that it was “way too early” to speculate whether he would call for a special grand jury,” Torres reports. “The school system has put on hold plans to distribute laptops to more teachers, as well as plans to give all campuses high-speed wireless access to the Internet.”

Torres reports, “The requests for the investigations came after a witness in a lawsuit to stop the program testified July 8 that a school system employee hinted before final bids were in that leaders wanted Apple as their supplier. A former county commissioner who opposes the initiative has sued to stop it on grounds that school officials will be misspending taxpayers’ money. A decision by Superior Court Judge S. Lark Ingram is expected soon.”

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7 Comments

  1. People wonder what Microsoft does with their Billions in cash reserves? Maybe they have bought off IT directors, CFOs, and school board members.

    Let’s check their bank accounts…..

  2. Welcome to another episode of “As the Corn Cobb Turns” Brought to you by The Incredible Corn Cobs of Cobb County, Georgia. Where corn cobbling is not just a job. It’s an adventure.

  3. maybe, if those cob-fed cobbers would just pull that cob out of their cob, they’d have an easier time. so, someone complained that the skool system, who will be spending the money anyway, is wanting to buy Apples, instead of being forced to buy dulls? tell me that there isn’t some vested interest going on here.

  4. This is just ridiculous, and i hope that the grand jury authorizes the school to use apple ibooks, nevertheless apple has already signes and will be signing more important contracts than this COBB COUNTY, i just hope all you cobb citizens get infected with a winblows virus and then youll teach the valuable lesson of thinking different

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