With board members having left under a cloud, California's Sweetwater Union High School District has joined a lawsuit to get back millions of dollars in public funds.

Two construction management firms were paid $644 million — $26 million from Sweetwater — to oversee a bond program, according to U-T San Diego.

However, four out of five members of the Sweetwater board have since left office amid a district attorney's probe into accepting gifts from the contractors in exchange for favorable treatment.

The group San Diegans for Open Government sued the contractors in two years ago in an effort to get Sweetwater's money back, claiming it was tainted.

The board members' departures from office increases the chance Sweetwater gets its money back, U-T San Diego reported.

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