Auditor of State Mary Mosiman recently released a report on a special investigation of the Waukee Community School District for the period of July 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2017. The special investigation was in response to Legislative and citizens’ concerns regarding allegations of misconduct by the Chief Operating Officer of the District.
Mosiman reported the special investigation identified $130,244.98 of improper disbursements and disbursements which were not in the best interest of taxpayers. The improper disbursements identified resulted from altered timecards and timecard errors.
The $128,676.56 of costs identified which were not in the taxpayers’ best interest include $83,234.08 spent on retreats for the District’s administrators, $17,539.47 of purchases made with procurement cards and $27,903.01 for lounge chairs and furniture purchased for the Superintendent’s office.
Mosiman also reported additional costs were incurred for the retreats attended by the District’s administrators. However, as a result of the various methods in which costs associated with the retreats were processed, it was not possible to determine the total costs for each retreat.
In addition, because only certain procurement cards were reviewed, additional disbursements which were not in the taxpayers’ best interest may have been identified had additional procurement cards been selected.
This report includes recommendations to strengthen the District’s internal controls and overall operations, such as improving segregation of duties, ensuring compliance with the Iowa gift law and Board policies and ensuring the Board provides sufficient oversight regarding District operations.
The District has made some changes to its policies since fieldwork began and is in the process of making additional changes.
The Waukee Community School District released this statement Thursday morning:
After reviewing the State Auditor’s report, we recognize the work the State of Iowa has put into this investigation. We acknowledge some of the findings noted in the report fail to reflect the high expectations we set for our district leaders.
While these findings covered a period of nearly five years, prior to our current Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer’s tenure, it is our responsibility to learn from the past and move forward into a future that best serves our staff and students.
As a district, we continue to look for ways to improve, foster positive work environments, collaborate and create opportunities for our staff to continue to learn.
Copies of this report have been filed with the City of Waukee Police Department, the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Dallas County Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office.
A copy of the report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s web site at https://auditor.iowa.gov/reports/audit-reports/.
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