Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican, said the district was not initially cooperative with his office.
Superintendent Kelvin Adams, who also attended Wednesday’s press conference, said the audit got off to a “rocky” start because the district did not initially believe Schweich had the authority to do the performance audit.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich updates members of the Rockwood School District in Eureka on Aug. 7, 2013, on efforts to improve the "Fair" rating the district received this year. Schweich was pleased and said all of his suggested reforms are either in progress or already implemented.
Following a critical state audit of the Rockwood School District back in February, Missouri Auditor Tim Schweich said Wednesday that the district has made tremendous progress. His previous audit found the district overpaid a construction company $1.2 million, which is one of the few issues still unresolved. Schweich recommended a variety of reforms for Rockwood, from fuel usage and inventory policies to program management services.
A state audit released today sharply criticizes the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) for spending $5.6 million on a new airplane.
According to the audit, the state of Missouri operated 23 aircraft prior to the purchase of the King Air 250. State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) says that included five passenger airplanes.
"There were 113 days in which none of the five existing planes flew, and there were no days in which all five of them flew," Schweich said. "So that leads to the question about why do you need to spend $5.6 million on a new plane?"
State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) said the Early Childhood Development, Education and Care Fund provided more than $170,000 to three child care facilities that failed to open or expand their facilities as planned.