The ‘cloak-and-dagger’ approach
Otto: ‘This was not handled correctly’
DEPUE — It’s nearing a year since DePue School District’s Student Improvement Grant (SIG) was terminated by the Illinois State Board of Education, and a final explanation of why is still yet to be revealed to the district.
In March, auditors from the state board determined the district misappropriated $332,904 on various items. The determination brought confusion to the district because apparently they were items that had been approved for purchase by the state board.
On Thursday, Superintendent Randy Otto confirmed after March, the auditors collected more information from the district’s previous budgets and labeled additional budgeted items as misappropriated.
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