Grace of Mercy, the focus of the article, is that vendor. No one at the district who got interviewed seemed to know anything about them (and yet know of other vendors). Silas Potter hand delivered their invoices.
From the article:
TACOMA - A non-descript brown house with a heavy door and a "no solicitors" sign stands at the dead end of a south Tacoma street.
It's rental house owned by David A. Johnson and home to two companies - Grace of Mercy and Allstate Surveillance & Security - that, according to the Washington state Auditor, received $353,000 in Seattle Public Schools money spent for reasons unclear.
Why this is disturbing:
Johnson's security firm -- Allstate Surveillance & Security -- was paid $190,000 for services outside the small business program operated by Potter. The auditors did not examine the legitimacy of that contract or review the small works payments on Potters' watch made outside the small business program.
This is in addition to the $163k that that Grace of Mercy received for the Small Business works.
Here's a link to the Allstate website.