.

Rockwood State Audit Results to be Revealed Wednesday

The public is invited to attend this presentation regarding audit findings of the Rockwood School District, the first new one in almost two decades.

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich just announced Monday midmorning he will present results of his team's recent audit of the Rockwood School District at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lafayette High School Theater in Wildwood. 

Schweich will take questions from the audience as well.

Read previous article: Rockwood Audit Cost Actually is Unknown Says Missouri Auditors' Staffer

Spence Jackson, media director and spokesperson for Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich and staff, told Patch in July this audit was partially due to concerns voiced from a Rockwood watchdog coalition group called Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions. RS for RS representatives began a petition drive during the fall of 2011 for a state audit of the district, but the drive did not result in the required number of signatures to demand a state audit.

Patch asked Jackson why it had been 18 years since Rockwood had been audited by a state team. He said Missouri's State Auditing Office only was given the authority to audit school districts in the last few years when state statutes were changed.

"Before changes in Missouri's law, there were only two ways for a school district to be audited:  through a petition, or by a directive from the governor," said Jackson.

Jackson told Patch Monday that the total costs of the audit, as well as auditors' recommendations, would be shared Wednesday night by Schweich.

Rockwood is not the only school district the state's staff is auditing. Jackson said a partial audit of the St. Louis Public Schools is under way, and may conclude in the next two months. They also have been auditing Lee's Summit R-7 School District near Kansas City. "But all our emphasis and most of our time has been spent on getting this Rockwood audit complete so results could be presented," he said.

FOX2 investigator reporter Elliott Davis just aired a related piece Sunday evening:  You Paid For It – Rockwood School District Faces State Audit

Editor's Note:  Patch is awaiting additional details from the Rockwood Communications staff.

Robert George February 25, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I assume the Board vote to extend the Superintendent's contract for 3 more years after this year indicates the Board believes there is nothing in the audit critical of the Superintendent during his watch in Rockwood?
yogurt February 26, 2013 at 01:49 AM
If he lives in the Rockwood area, isn't he a stakeholder? I think yes...and Rockwood administration are not members of the NEA--they have no union
Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions February 26, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Inconsistent? You tell us...... Board President Strate and Directors Banton, Doell and Kinder voted to put Prop S on the ballot claiming it was "what the community wanted" supported by the Picture Rockwood community engagement process. However, when it came to the leadership of the district, they voted AGAINST the feedback received from the same process. http://www.rockwood.k12.mo.us/news/Pages/02252013SuptContract.aspx
Michael Rhodes February 26, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Actually they voted to extend his contract for a year making it three years long (he still had two years remaining on his contract).
Michael Rhodes February 26, 2013 at 02:37 PM
As a former field auditor (not education) I tell you they will find areas that need addressing. Auditors always find something. In the end it depends if those areas that need addressing are just neeing some process improvements or additional documentation. What you don't want to see if severe failings in their control. Since the schoold district has already seen the results there is a good chance that there weren't any concerns relating to the current superintendent's performance. Keep in mind the issue some folks take with the awarding of contruction contracts happened before the current superintendent. Some do take exception with the consulting contracts he awarded when he started.
Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions February 27, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Mr. Rhodes: The reason the State Auditor was asked to get involved was because when Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions brought the documentation and concerns to Dr. Borchers and his Cabinet, we were summarily dismissed. As Stakeholders of this district, we went to straight to the leader of our district to find resolution and solution to the problems and were turned away. The Elizabeth Holland report came out late September 2011. Dr. Borchers promised the community that the business practices of the district would change. The only real change came AFTER the field audit was completed. On Borchers contract extension: We’re disappointed. We’re disappointed that the Board continues to be so out-of-sync with the community in light of the overall negative comments about the Superintendent from the “Picture Rockwood” surveys. It’s a matter of trust and Dr. Borchers does not have the trust of the community. By continuing to support Dr. Borchers, the Board is also losing the community’s trust.
Michael Rhodes February 27, 2013 at 02:41 PM
I find RS for RS credibility is lacking. I read the investigative West County article into the RS for RS documentation. How can RS for RS claim $.86 of every dollar went to support services and then have a founding member state this: "RS for RS’s recommendations indicated that 86 cents of every instructional dollar went to support services, but at West Newsmagazine’s request, Eileen Tyrrell, RS for RS founder, took a second look at the numbers and said, “Another way to put it is that 46 cents goes for support services and 53 cents goes to instruction.”" Why should we trust that RS for RS really has the best interest of the district when they go from $.86 to $.46 so easily. That is a pretty large error to make. RS or RS claimed the district spent $189m a year when the actual amount was $101m per year. RS for RS miplaced $88m dollars while putting together their plan for the district. I would suggest people read that West County article to get a better feel for the situation as several of RS for RS points were found to be inaccurate. A few dealing with hiring contractors and dealing with bidding have been addressed as they should have been. http://www.newsmagazinenetwork.com/2012051518966/rockwood-report-card/
Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions February 27, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Mr. Rhodes Our source for those figures comes directly from the 2011 Comprehensive Financial Statement provided to us by the Rockwood School District. You can obtain your own copy of this report by going on the district website and clicking on the community tab and than the finance department link. Do you own research. The figures have not changed. If you would like to hear more about the business operations and practices of our school district, simply attends today's meeting and hear the results of the State Auditor's findings. We look forward to readiing your perspective of the Auditor's report right here this evening or tomorrow. Respectfully, RS for RS

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »