Auditor: Spending by St. Joseph schools 'staggering'
ST. JOSEPH (AP) - The St .Joseph School District received a poor grade from the state auditor, who said the district spent a "staggering" amount of money on unauthorized stipends for administrators.
In an report released Tuesday, Auditor Tom Schweich gave the district a poor rating, the only public school district receiving that ranking since 2011.
Schweich says the district gave more than $25 million in unauthorized or improper stipends to administrators in the last eight years. A lack of documentation before that means the amount could be more than $40 million.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports the audit also found the district promoted some employees without proper degrees, used school funds for unreasonable purchases, held improper closed meetings and mismanaged bond investments. In all, Schweich found 17 areas of concern.
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