According to the state contract database and board meeting minutes, Porter, Stokes and related companies have had eight contracts with MDE since 2014 totaling $604,836. Three of the contracts were under $50,000 and did not require approval from the state education board.
From 2003 to 2009, Wright was an associate superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools, where Porter served as a deputy and associate superintendent from 2000 to 2007. Stokes also worked at the school district while Wright was associate superintendent of the school district, where he was appointed to a coordinator position in 2005.
For less than a year, Porter served as superintendent of the Oklahoma City School District, where he resigned in 2008 amid 21 allegations that he misspent funds and behaved inappropriately toward staff, according to media reports.