Audit urged for Parma Schools amid money woes

Audit urged for Parma schools amid money woes

A parent in Parma recently reviewed the school’s budget and found a seven-figure mistake.

So-called “treasurer and audit fees” should have been $1.2 million. Instead, she found that $10.2 million was submitted.

It appears that Parma City Schools has a mistake in its math when it comes to its budget. A parent recently reviewed the budget line by line and found a seven-figure error.

Amanda Marie Karpus discovered that so-called “treasurer and audit fees” should have been $1.2 million. Instead, she found that $10.2 was submitted.

On Wednesday, the district owned up to the mistake and called a press conference to address it.

At the same time, officials also stood by the bottom line of their budget’s total. In all likelihood, there is a miscalculation elsewhere in the budget that absorbed the roughly $9 million gap that Karpus found..

It comes at a time when money never mattered more.

The district is looking at a $7 million budget deficit this year and considering cuts in arts, layoffs, and even the consolidation of high schools.

In light of the findings, the superintendent is now calling for an audit to better understand what might have gone wrong.

 


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