Wyandanch School District gets failing grade in state audit

The Wyandanch School District is accused of mismanaging its money and records in an audit released by the state comptroller Wednesday. Comptroller Alan Hevesi says the district botched its payroll,

News 12 Staff

Jun 21, 2006, 10:51 PM

Updated 6,603 days ago

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The Wyandanch School District is accused of mismanaging its money and records in an audit released by the state comptroller Wednesday.
Comptroller Alan Hevesi says the district botched its payroll, lost equipment and played it loose with record keeping and contracts. According to the report, the district also failed to conduct background checks on four of the 11 staff members hired to work with children during the audit period. The audit says if the district exhibited the same level of non-compliance for all employees hired in the last four years, then 36 percent of the 279 workers are not approved to work with children.
The district is also accused of losing 179 pieces of computer equipment obtained by former school board member and community leader Rev. Henry Bacon. Hevesi says auditors could not determine if the computers ever made it to the schools. School officials say the matter has been turned over to legal authorities.
The audit also found the district improperly awarded $600,000 in service contracts. This includes $130,000 paid to former school board member Andrew Gill, who had already been removed for official misconduct. The report says auditors could not determine what duties or services Gill had been paid for, so they believe the district received no value from the contract.
News 12 Long Island contacted Superintendent Dr. Sherman Roberts, who said he had not seen the report and had no comment. However, an official response letter signed by Roberts appears in the report. School Board President Michael Talbert also refused to comment.


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