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Posted: February 20th, 2013

270370_109734372453178_3216495_nLast night, the Millcreek School Board met with auditors to discover that on-leave superintendent Michael Golde allegedly ordered the business manager to bump $5 million from the capital fund to the operating budget in July and return it in October, according to Terry Scutella. Assistant superintendent William Hall didn’t believe Golde knew he did anything wrong. Hmm.

This is still clear as mud.

What is clear: Felix & Gloeckler — professional accountants — revealed a lot of ugly truths — the district was short on income and long on expenses — by millions. And the board didn’t know any of that or about the $5 million transfer. Sean McCracken of the Erie Times-News reported from the meeting last night that district officials hadn’t filed some financial reports since May of 2012. How does a board make financial decisions without financial reports?

News from the meeting direct from Sean McCracken’s Twitter feed Tuesday night:
“Auditors say the board needs to be aware that the district could potentially have a budget shortfall for the end of the current school year.
Board member Michael Palermo asked business manager Linnea Lincoln what will be different in the next budget after this audit report. Her response: What you’ll see is true honest numbers with me using my own advice and guidance that was previously not accepted.
Accountant Jim Gloekler said he disagreed with district administrators about their budget projections.”
Read McCracken’s full story here.
My money’s on the professional accountants at Felix & Gloeckler. The administration’s record, dating back to 2003, has a lot of bookkeeping blunders with taxpayer money.

Here are a few examples:

Last year, the Erie Times News, in an editorial, cited Pennsylvania Auditor Gen. Jack Wagner’s report that Maryann Anderson “grossly abused her position” by spending $91,873 in special education funds on gift cards for employee incentives. The report also criticized sloppy record-keeping for $341,140 in special education spending between 2003 and 2006.

Wagner’s report went to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the state Attorney General’s Office, the Pennsylvania departments of education and welfare, the state Office of the Budget and the U.S. departments of education and health and human services.

That’s not good.

In 2007, Thomas J. Maciulewicz Jr., a former McDowell Intermediate High School principal, sold school property on eBay — a lot of property — about 47 items. He padded his principal’s income with an additional $18,430. He also used gift cards.

Sean McCracken of the Erie Times-News also reported early this week that the Millcreek School board realized it needs a “community-minded” administrator. We need more than that — it’s time we find leaders who know how to watch the cookie jar and treat taxpayers with respect.  My vote goes to Felix & Gloeckler.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three — all graduates of McDowell High School.  

 

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