According to Ty Tagami at the AJC, DeKalb school audit shows office cuts not made.
“A long-awaited forensic audit has been delivered to the DeKalb County school system, and it may help explain why officials there have had to cut so deeply in the classroom.
“Some of the central office staff eliminations the school board ordered in 2010 were not carried out, the audit says. For that and other reasons, the system wound up paying $20 million more than budgeted for central office salaries in fiscal year 2010 and $29 million more the next year, according to the audit, which was obtained by Channel 2 Action News.
“The audit, which was produced by the firm KPMG and leaked to Channel 2 Action News, says the board ordered the elimination of 150 central office positions in May 2010 for an expected savings of $11.5 million. Records from the school system’s finance and human resources departments differ about how many of those jobs were actually cut. Of 109 people listed by human resources as laid off, 56 remained on the payroll in different jobs, either because they were rehired or reassigned, the audit says.”
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At any rate, although it doesn’t make us happy, it appears that we were right. The 2010 cuts that were approved by the board were never actually implemented by Ramona Tyson and we also must wonder if the 2011 cuts (at least to the administration) have been made by Cheryl Atkinson. The lesson of the day is: The school board is powerless. The superintendents can do as they please.
This chart shows that not only were the cuts not fully implemented, the budget overages over a 5 year span add up to over $50 million over budget.
The most interesting part to DSW is that the school system apparently refused to release this 31 page draft of the audit. This is an audit that taxpayers paid dearly for and should be available via Open Records, however, system officials are claiming that the accountants’ work is “privileged.”
Isn’t that the lamest excuse ever?
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