Blaine School District Asks For Damages In McKinstry Lawsuit


By Jay Michaels

Hailey, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Blaine County School District says that its energy services company didn't stick to the contract both of them had signed.

McKinstry Essention says it performed almost $25 million worth of work, while the school district says it only authorized expenditures of less than $19 million.

The Blaine County School District has filed a motion to add a punitive damage claim to its response to a lawsuit from Seattle-based McKinstry Essention, the district's energy services company. A district representative reads from an internal e-mail from the company.

Heather Crocker with Blaine County School District says, "This is the same mistake that everyone makes and fails to understand. It's the stupid Table 4.1 and all the crap we have to go through to hide money. There is a way to enter the number to show the customer, and then a different number which would actually appear as cost."

The e-mail says McKinstry quotes eight percent to the customer, but hides an additional ten percent cost. Crocker says McKinstry did work on roughly half a dozen buildings in the Blaine School District during the last two years. Those included Wood River High School and the nearby Community Campus.

Crocker says, "They were buildings that ranged from Carey School to Hailey Elementary. That building is at least 40 years old. Primarily the work that was done was heating and ventilation systems."

The case between Blaine County School District and McKinstry will be heard before a Fifth District judge in Blaine County.

Dec. 4, 2012.

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