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Former Crosby Superintendent Keith Moore Addresses His Role In District’s Financial Crisis

Moore spent more than half an hour reading a prepared statement and answering questions from frustrated community members at a board meeting Tuesday night.

Keith Moore - Crosby ISD Board Meeting
Former Crosby ISD superintendent Keith Moore addresses a school board meeting on Feb. 19, 2019.

The Crosby ISD school board had an unexpected visitor at their meeting last night as trustees continue to seek a solution to the district’s financial trouble.

Former Superintendent Keith Moore apologized to the more than 100 district employees who lost their jobs and told board members he was sorry for his administration’s decision to continue with construction projects, eventually leading to millions of dollars in cost overruns.

He said he never intentionally misled anyone and alleged his former CFO led him to believe funds could be moved around to cover all the costs.

“I do not blame the Crosby ISD board for this decision,” he said. “They were given the same information I was. Again my failure was not realizing that the plan was poor.”

Moore said his desire to see the projects through overrode his instincts that they may not have been a good idea.

He spent more than half an hour reading a prepared statement and calmly answering questions from trustees and community members.

Keith Moore - Crosby ISD Board Meeting
Former Crosby ISD superintendent Keith Moore addresses a school board meeting.

Shelby Webb covers K-12 education for the Houston Chronicle and was at last night’s meeting. In the audio above, she recaps the meeting and Moore’s comments, which came just moments before third-party accountants presented the findings of their annual audit of the district, which the Chronicle first reported earlier this week.

The audit showed evidence of “fraudulent financial reporting” and said former administrators didn’t log nearly $8 million in construction overruns from 2017. They instead waited to pass a bond that year to pay for those debts before logging them the following year.

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