SJSD Confirms State Audit will be Conducted

By Alan Van Zandt |

Published 04/02 2014 10:45PM

Updated 04/02 2014 11:12PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph School District confirmed Wednesday they will receive a visit by the Missouri State Auditor's office.

Assistant Superintendent Steve Huff says a representative from the auditor's office will be at the school district's next regular meeting April 10.

At that time, the district is expected to be detailed on the scope, format and specifics of the audit.

"I'm sure there's been some concerns expressed in Jefferson City given all the tumultuous last week or so that we've had.

The announcement comes just one week after a St. Joseph School District Board of Education member suggested a state audit might be necessary.

Chris Danford questioned the practice of stipends for administrative leadership without board approval. She also raised concerns about promotions and raises for certain staff, including the wife of the Director of Human Resources Doug Flowers.

"Having the state come to our district to do an audit will give us information we desperately need," Danford told KQ2 News Wednesday afternoon. "There are messes to clean up."

Meanwhile, Huff says the district welcomes the audit.

"I think you can always count on a good audit always finding something that you can do better," he said. "Our position on this is this is going to be good for the school district, good for the community and maybe it can clear the air and we can all move forward."

Huff says many school districts across the state are audited each year.

He says a recently conducted private audit of the school district showed finances to be in good shape.

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