Group: Hempstead school officials should be charged
A community activist group in Nassau County is calling for criminal charges against the officials in the Hempstead School District after an audit revealed a myriad of problems.
As News 12 has reported, the 50-page audit report uncovered systematic problems between July 2011 and March 2013. Among the key problems, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said the audit "revealed a pattern of wasteful spending, poor decision-making, sloppy record keeping and a lack of transparency."
The comptroller's office also says that the school board kept the public in the dark by calling unnecessary 'special' or 'emergency' meetings with almost no notice. Often times, the board held those meeting in venues with no public seating.
The Corridor Counts activist group says an audit is a good start, but they want more to be done.
"We are calling today for the office of the district attorney and the attorney general to commence criminal proceedings against the individuals that have liabilities here," said Attorney Fred Brewington.
In a statement, Hempstead schools said, "The School District is diligently working with the NYS Comptroller's Office to remedy the findings cited in the Comptroller's Audit Report. We have already taken steps to correct the findings of said report and shall set forth a corrective plan in accordance with the directives of the comptroller's office."
The state's Attorney General's Office did not return a call to comment.