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Audit finds multiple issues with Logan County school spending

The State Auditor's findings revealed several record keeping issues with groups connected to Logan County schools that could lead to the misuse of tax payer funding. (WCHS/WVAH)

A new state audit shined light on potentially questionable spending at the Logan County school district between July 2012 and June 2016.

That was the same period Superintendent Phyllis Doty ran the board. Doty was convicted of eight felony counts including wire fraud and theft from a program receiving federal funds in 2018.

New Superintendent Patricia Lucas and the Logan County School Board commissioned the audit last year.

"They wanted to make sure that we’re doing everything we need to do to be very transparent with the taxpayer," Lucas said.

In a letter to Logan County Prosecutors, auditors said they didn’t believe their findings warranted criminal or civil actions, but they did find dozens of instances where booster clubs at eight schools didn’t produce appropriate purchase orders for expenses.

The same was true for several programs county-wide opening the possibility for misuse of funds.

"We will be able to address that specific situation," Lucas said of the findings.

Lucas said they didn’t agree with all of the audit findings, but there were enough infractions to take immediate action. The board demanded action plan reports from every school, giving line-by-line responses to concerns pointed out in the audit.

Part of those plans, included booster clubs agreeing to run their finances through their affiliated schools, instead of independently, to ensure records are properly kept.

“We’re doing everything we can,” Lucas said.

They’ve also ordered school administrators to sweep the county for reportedly lost technology like iPads and televisions, already finding most, and bought an inventory system to keep track moving forward.

"So if that moves from one room to another, one building to another, it's tracked," Lucas said.

Lucas said she would request another audit to ensure that changes to county practices are fixing issues with record keeping and transparency.

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