South Bend school board member Leslie Wesley’s firm raises questions

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SOUTH BEND — A firm led by a South Bend school board member has secured at least $1.4 million in federal money for work with the district. 

Leslie Wesley is vice president of the school board and also executive director of the Indiana Parenting Institute of St. Joseph County, which for years has provided after-school and summer programs for South Bend students.

Those programs include tutoring services, STEM activities and college visits, according to the Riley High School website. 

Wesley insists she has taken all the necessary steps to make sure there are no conflicts of interest and that she does not benefit directly from the contracts. Experts say the contracts don’t violate state laws. 

But a fellow board member recently raised questions about the relationship between the district and the Parenting Institute.

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