Audit: charter school’s use of money “unconscionable” Matthew Albright, The News Journal
The leaders of Family Foundations Charter School spent recklessly and allowed hundreds of thousands of dollars in school funds to be spent for personal purchases, a report released Wednesday by the state auditor says.
“It is unconscionable that any public entity, much less one charged with educating our children, would operate with such complete disregard for fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency,” the report says.
The Delaware Department of Education has assigned employees sitting at each and every charter school Citizen Budget Oversight Committee. They are permitted “by law” to review any and all financial documents. Even credit card receipts. School fail because of leadership and like with this school and Moyer the Delaware Department of Education failed!
Auditor Tom Wagner’s office combed through records from July 2011 to January 2015 and found that the school “seemingly operated in its own universe.”
It caught a total of $141,102 in purchases with school funds for personal use. It found more than $1.2 million that could not be proven as a school-related expense but also couldn’t be clearly labeled personal purchases.
The report pins Moore with spending $72,631 and Brewington with spending $31,266 on personal items with school money.
It says former IT director Chris Cooke spent $5,575, Middle School Secretary Kiana Simmons spent $2,162, and an unknown employee spent $4,774.
The reason the sums are so much bigger for Moore and Brewington is that they had access not just to the “P-cards” that state employees use to make business purchases, but also to American Express Cards tied to school money.
And nobody goes to jail!