Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Did Supt. Bill Over-spending by Trustees?

The 2021-2022 School Year ended on June 30, 2022.

Last (school) year each school board trustee had $7,000 to spend on travel and training. Several of them over-spent their allowances; some by as much as $3,000.

By July 15th the superintendent could have received a report for those who exceeded their allowances. Did he?

And did he bill those trustees for the amounts over $7,000?

Expenses over $7,000 never should have been paid or approved for payment. Did a low-level Accounts Payable clerk alert her supervisor or manager that a trustee had exceeded her (or his) allowance? Who approved the over-payment(s)?

Actually, the superintendent shouldn't even have to bill the trustees for reimbursement. They should look at their statements and write checks to the District for the excess funds they received.

If they don't, are those funds considered "income", rather than expense reimbursement?

On August 11th I filed a FOIA Request for the last two reimbursement requests of Teresa Holmes. Why? I'm curious as to who approved payment to her for funds in excess of $7,000. The form requires signatures of two R2 staffers. (Teresa was board chairman at the time.)

The FOIA response is late, and a follow-up has been initiated.