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Board votes to go ahead with audit

WARRENSBURG The question of whether or not to hold a forensic audit of the Warrensburg School District has been answered.

At a school board meeting last week the board unanimously voted to go ahead with the audit and canceled the public hearing on the subject.

We did the right thing to cancel the hearing, said board member Al Smith. Most of the board had already heard enough public opinion and knew what people were thinking.

Smith said one of the concerns about holding a public hearing was the possibility of the public naming names or accusations that could have resulted in even more problems for the district.

Its been my belief all along that the only way the board and school district can get back any degree of credibility is to put everything on the table, face up, Smith said. We have to get all the cancer out and we have to dig deep.

Smith said he isnt aware of anything more than the state audit came up with, but he said the board needs to establish the scope of the audit before it can begin.

Board member Linda Marcella had similar thoughts about the audit.

I think that as a result of the state audit, there is a great deal of distrust developing and we need to clear the slate, Marcella said. We have to put safeguards in place so this cant happen again, and we need to find out if anything was done in the past, if it is recoverable.

She said she hopes the board can develop the scope of the audit before or during the next board meeting.

Warrensburg School Superintendent Tim Lawson said he looks forward to having the audit completed.

Its one of those things that needs to be done to dispel the rumors out there, he said. The sooner we get going on this, the better Ill feel. Just do it.

Smith said it is not that unusual for a school district to have a forensic audit.

When they go through a state audit that comes up with problems with practices and procedures, thats usually what follows, he said.

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