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State Audit of St. Joseph School District Begins

Audit could take several months before final report is issued. Three auditors will review financials, meeting minutes and other administrative procedures.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Three state auditors from Jefferson City have made their way to St. Joseph to begin an audit of the St. Joseph School District Monday.

The Missouri State Auditor's office, along with the FBI, became interested in the district after it became public that Superintendent Fred Czerwonka awarded more than $250,000 in stipends to 50 chief administrators and other school leadership without board approval.

There have also been accusations of nepotism and favoritism of relatives of the leadership.

Auditors will not be made available to the media during the audit. However, at the last board of education meeting, a representative from the auditor's office gave a description of their process.

"It is our obligation to assess the risk that illegal acts, fraud, violations of contracts, grant agreements, any of that, the risk that it could occur in the school district and then design our work to address that," said Kelly Davis, representing the auditor's office.

The auditor's office said it will be several months before a final report will be made public.

This is all being done with the district without its chief financial officer.

Beau Musser is still out of the office. The administration will only say that it is a personnel matter.
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