Superintendent facing tough questions after state audit

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A central Kentucky school superintendent is facing some tough questions.

A state audit claims the Montgomery County Superintendent and other school leaders were wrong in hiring his wife for a job in the district.

The audit also questioned some of his spending but the district's independent auditor claims otherwise.

Within the past year, the state auditor’s office has begun auditing school districts and the Montgomery County School District is the 14th one audited so far this year.

While the state found some financial issues during the audit, an independent auditor did not.

The state began examining the school district after receiving concerns about the district's financial transactions.

The state audit, released in August, addressed five issues related to the district's spending including unnecessary travel expenses, $800 spent in condolence flowers and candy and that the superintendent’s expense reimbursements were not reviewed or approved by the board.

Even though the district's independent auditor didn't discover any issues, he says it's because his duties don't require him to dig as deep as the state auditor.

“They may audit 100% of those transactions and look at every single one of them and an audit process conducted by independent doesn’t necessary look at 100% of the population. We can’t look at specific things. The state auditor’s office actually works in conjunction and does special investigations,” said Rupert White, an independent auditor.

Recently, an investigation was launched into the superintendent hiring his wife as the Director of Special Projects in the district.

On Tuesday, the state auditor sent a letter to the board chairman stating that unreasonable changes were made to the position in order accommodate the superintendent's wife, among other related concerns.

The state auditor's office is also notifying the Education Professional Standards Board of its findings.

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