Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One: School Department Overspends Budget
… by millions more than the millions some people initially suspected.
The Valley Breeze has obtained a copy of the preliminary version of the school performance audit which
says school administrators have been overspending taxpayer dollars by at least $10.4 million per year.
The performance audit (apparently and inexplicably long delayed) was conducted as a function of a Caruolo action filed by the Pawtucket School Committee. However,
The preliminary performance audit results now call into serious question the $4 million lawsuit against the School Department’s host city and its taxpayers, concedes a school leader. That’s the amount of added funding that school administrators have maintained they need to adequately operate the schools.
So the School Committee thought the department was overspending by $4 million, which it sued the city to obtain. But now it turns out the department was overspending by $10 million? How can the body officially charged with defining and administering the school budget have lost track of $6 million in spending? This makes me feel just swell about the state tax dollars we’re sending to Pawtucket.
By the way, I’d like to second at least one of the recommendations of the audit, which is to
Eliminate all 32 floating building assistant positions pending further study. Cutting 11.5 of those positions at minimum would save the district $518,995, while cutting the rest would presumably save an additional $1 million;
A “floating” position? That’s always nice. “No, I’m not at your school today, Principle Smith, I’m at one of the others. See, I float. So no one can really keep track of where I am or what I’m doing at any given time …” Isn’t that how the Central Landfill education coordinator got into trouble?