St. Joseph dumps its superintendent after a scathing audit
ST. JOSEPH (AP) - The St. Joseph School District is getting rid of its superintendent after a scathing audit found that at least $25 million in unapproved stipends had been handed out to administrators.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the district announced Saturday that the board had voted in closed session Friday to begin terminating the contract of Fred Czerwonka. He didn't have a listed phone number in St. Joseph. The district said in a statement that there would be no additional comment.
The action came after State Auditor Tom Schweich released a report Tuesday that listed 17 areas of concern. Besides the stipends, other issues included the promotion of some employees without proper degrees and mismanaged bond investments.
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