RICHMOND - A recent audit of the Richmond Public Schools payroll found some pretty significant things that need improvement.
The auditor found that the Richmond Public Schools staff was not able to provide basic information such as the total number of employees.
The 23-page report outlines a number of issues found with the payroll department at Richmond Public Schools.
One of the more serious issues deals with an employee who was terminated for taking indecent liberties with a minor, but then was somehow rehired.
School Board member Glen Sturtevant says more questions need to be answered when it comes to the hiring practices of Richmond Public Schools, and specifically how a former employee who was terminated for taking indecent liberties with a minor got re-hired.
"It is a serious problem and beyond the pale when we are dealing with the safety of children," he says. "That's really our highest duty is to protect is to protect the safety of the children that are attending our schools."
According to the audit, the school system has an established process for the hiring of personnel.
But the audit found the procedures are not consistently being followed creating the potential for abuse.
"There are hundreds if not thousands of employees that are hired without the knowledge or consent of the school board."
Another problem: Overtime.
Over the 18 moth audit period, the auditor found that the Transportation Department paid 34,298 hours of overtime, in some of the cases the employee received overtime pay for time not even worked.
"This audit is showing us that in a lot of areas we need to tighten up and get rid of the fat and the waste and in some cases the fraud."
Interim Superintendent, Dr. Jonathan Lewis says not all of the suggestions in the audit can be corrected right away, but many he hoped to have corrected before their November meeting.
One of the first things he says he will correct is the way non-contracted employees are reported to the school board.
He says he would like to see a process started in which potential employees would need board approval.
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