Internal controls at the Poway Unified School District are lacking and district funds remain vulnerable to fraud, waste and abuse a year after John Collins’ termination as superintendent, a newly released audit reveals.
In a June 27 report made public Monday, accounting firm Moss Adams said hiring an internal auditor and creating a whistleblower hotline could help mitigate some of the problems. The findings also indicate the district lacks consequences for employees who violate policies.
Among the issues flagged: tracking vacation time and improper use of credit cards and the revolving cash fund, generally reserved for small or emergency payments. Collins is accused of exploiting some of the same deficiencies to enrich himself, according to his July 2016 termination documents and the district’s civil lawsuit against him. Leave time and credit cards are also at the center of the criminal case against Collins.
The $50,000 Moss Adams review was commissioned by the board in December after the district’s routine audit noted broad issues with vacation payouts and credit cards, among other things.
The district released the unredacted Moss Adams’ report Monday, nearly eight weeks after its dated completion. Voice of San Diego attempted to view the audit at the district office Aug. 15, but was turned away despite state laws allowing inspection of public records during normal business hours.
The Moss Adams report found 53 internal control deficiencies, six of them with a high likelihood of occurrence, like vacation accrual and revolving cash fund policy violations.
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Collins created an environment that Poway Unified School District had itsown motto," there is the right way and there is the Poway way".
DA take notice, Collins is not the only one who did this! Collins had a habit of awarding his cult members "top administrators" with these unlawfully payments. In fact it was very common, I bet that administrators are lining up at the district offices to sale their vacation pay this very day, and the corrupt administrators are approving these unlawful payment. The paper schedulers are working 24/7. You know, it is the Poway Way.
I just hope that Collins gives up everyone for a deal with the District Attorney. I am betting he will.
T J Zane, Michelle O'Connors-Ratcliff do the right thing and order an
accounting audit on employees selling their vacation pay and have vacations off
the books and sent the report to the District Attorney. They all need to
go jail and lose their pensions. As a trustee be faithful to your duty to the taxpayers, not the district personnel. Remember the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing can cancel all the administrator and teachers credentials that sold their vacation pay illegally and that would end there ability to be hired by any school district.
The district does not seem to understand the concept of a CAP on vacation pay. Or at least those in charge of the books do not.
The idea of a vacation cap is to limit the potentialy unlimited vacation accrual liability for the district. Once you have earned your maximum amount, your vacation accrual stops, untill you take and actually USE the vacation time.
Paying out instead of using vacation to reduce vacation liability make virtually no sense. That just helps to drive their CalSTRS base salary number. It is one of the most common way of bumping pension payouts. Pension fraud by another name is still fraud.
Thanks to the willful failure of city management, Poway holds the title no one wants, borrowing $105 Million which when paid off will cost taxpayers $1 Billion: After putting together a bond that will cost taxpayers almost 10 times what they borrowed, the Poway Unified School District has become California’s poster child for a form of exotic financing.
This latest financial debacle is proof city/school management is not getting the job done to standard. So much fraud, waste, abuse and no one in charge seems to care.
Sad to say Poway looks like a little 7th world country.
You would think with the parents of this district being high level functionaries, including lawyers and accountants, the would be able to keep their house in better order.