While some taxpayers in the school district were struggling to make ends meet, Superintendent Charles Fink was taking a limousine ride from a restaurant to a hotel at taxpayer expense during a tax-funded trip to San Francisco. State auditors also discovered that Fink and three school board members stayed a few extra days at taxpayer expense even though there was no school business to conduct.
In addition, Fink also took $3,000 for mileage reimbursement fees that he was not entitled to.
Seven funds were overdrawn to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, including the Capital Projects Fund for a total of $749,329. Some of the money was illegally used for the salaries of Extra-Curricular Treasurers in violation of state law.
These were just a few items noted in a recent audit report for the Clinton Prairie School District. You can access the audit report at this link.
"We noted several deficiencies in the internal control system of the School Corporation related to financial transactions and reporting," began the ten page report.
Here are other excerpts from the report:
TRAVEL TO SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION MEETING
In reviewing travel disbursements during the audit period, we noted instances where the expenses did not appear to be reasonable or necessary. The Superintendent of Schools and three School Board of Trustees members attended a School Board Association meeting in San Francisco in April 2011. Although the registration stated that the meeting began on April 9th and ended on April 11th, three of the Board members flew in on April 7 and were paid $50 per diem for April 8th on which no meetings were held. The Superintendent of Schools arrived on April 8th and remained until April 13 and received $50 per diem for April 12th when no meetings were held. The total additional cost for these payments was $200. Through the use of the corporate credit card the School Corporation paid for hotel rooms at $248.50 per night for those days when no meetings were being held resulting in a total additional cost of $994. (Three Board members hotel charge on April 7th at $248.50 per night and the Superintendent's hotel charge on April 12th at $248.50 per night)
|Imagine Supertintendent Fink riding in a limo at taxpayer expense|
OVERDRAWN FUND BALANCES
Kara Kenney, this story has your name written all over it.