Tuesday, Feb. 12 2013 4:12PM
R-7 SCHOOL DISTRICT
Where’s the love?
Feb. 14 meeting to include presentation from state auditor’s office
By Toriano Porter
The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will be subjected to an audit by the state auditor’s office after a random selection process zeroed in on the district.
Kelly Davis, a representative from the state auditor’s office, will be on hand at the Lee’s Summit R-7 School Board meeting Feb. 14 to provide information concerning the scope, process and timeline for the audit.
R-7 officials were informed in January that the district is among several in Missouri participating in an audit this year through the state auditor’s office. A state statute provides the authority for the auditor’s office to audit public school districts.
The district was selected randomly by the state for the audit, which will be paid for by the state.
“Right now we are in the early stages of the process,” said Spence Jackson, a spokesman for the state auditor’s office. “There’s not much to tell.”
In an email press release to the Journal, R-7 officials stated: “The selection is not based on petitions from citizens or concerns about the district as is sometimes the case when the auditor’s office reviews school districts or other government agencies. The Feb. 14 board of education meeting is scheduled to include a report from the auditor’s office. State officials emphasized that the audit is being conducted at no cost to the school district.”
The audit is expected to take several months to complete although it could be a full year before the results of the audit are released.
The audit will include interviews, surveys and field work and begins in mid-February.