Auditor: Many are 'Culpable' In Nampa School Screw-Up

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It became rather plain in 2012 that somebody in the accounting office of the Nampa School District was pretty bad at math. But an independent financial audit has affirmed the sloppy accounting that pushed the school district into a $4.3 million shortfall. Worse yet, auditors said "many" district employees were "culpable."

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the review found "that a double counting of one-time money, and not a misuse of funds, caused the district to fall into the financial crisis."

The report was unveiled Tuesday to the Nampa School District Board of Trustees.

When Board Trustee Daren Coon asked auditor Jae Hallett, of Eide Bailly, LLP, who was to blame, the Press-Tribune reports that Hallett "said it is hard to blame any one person, but that many are culpable."

"Everybody has a right to be upset and angry," said Interim School Superintendent Tom Michaelson. "As a taxpayer, I'm not at all happy, but it would be almost criminal if we didn't support the levy because of our anger and let our kids suffer."

Michaelson was referring to the Tuesday, March 12, $4.3 million supplemental levy to be put before voters.

"Students are going to suffer much more if this doesn't pass," he said, according to the Press-Tribune.

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