UPDATED, 3:21pm, 7/30/15: Based on an email by Christina Superintendent Freeman Williams, Christina School District is not part of any open or official audit at this time. Questions are being asked about how this whole information came about to begin with.
While this has not been officially released to the public, I have heard from very reliable sources that the Christina School District is under investigation by Delaware State Auditor Tom Wagner’s office. This is what I was talking about yesterday with the two board members, because they handed the district in. These two board members did NOT inform anyone else on the board of this decision.
I contacted Kathleen Davies with the State Auditor’s office yesterday, and she would neither confirm or deny the question. She did state IF they were under investigation a report would be released to the public. As well, I sent an email to Christina Superintendent Freeman Williams and Board President Harrie Ellen Minnehan, but I have yet to receive a response as of earlier today, but I did inform them both I would be going public with this information as of 1:30pm today.
The exact nature of the investigation is not yet known, but rumors of rampant spending involving car allowances, cell phones and other similar types of spending have been circulating ever since the 2nd referendum in Christina was announced earlier this year.
One source stated this information was provided by the board members to the State Auditor’s office in mid June, prior to the House Education Committee meeting on June 17th. But at the House Education Committee meeting on June 17th, Kathleen Davies with the State Auditor’s office publicly stated there were no investigations going on with traditional school districts. This was during the discussion of State Rep. Kim Williams charter school audit bill, House Bill 186. However, if the call to the State Auditor’s office from the board members took place 2-3 days prior, the investigation may not have been officially opened.
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If there is truth in the statement that two Board members “turned us in”, I do not know who those members are. Clearly, that means I was not informed. That doesn’t mean they didn’t inform anyone else.
I honestly don’t think anything inappropriate will be found. This is disappointing to hear and will probably end in a huge waste of resource.
A forensic audit definitely needs to happen in Christina. We’re not talking a repeat of the Joey Wise debacle, but there is definitely a lot of unnecessary spending and very poor decision making.