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Riverton School Board Discusses Finances Controversy
How should Riverton's superintendent and the district employees who broke financial policies be punished? That's what Riverton School Board members discussed for two and a half hours while in closed session Monday.
We first told you about this Friday. Superintendent Tom Mulligan admitted employees have used district credit cards for personal charges, then paid off the charges, which is against policy. Mulligan also admitted teachers have been paid with Visa gift cards--a practice he says is no longer in place.
As you can imagine, many parents have a lot of questions. One parent asked the board for an independent audit for both finances and procedures.
"If it is truly a lack of understanding how books are supposed to be kept, if we had a procedural audit, maybe it would help them be trained," Riverton parent Beth Livingston said. "And if there is misappropriation of funds and bad bookkeeping on purpose, that would uncover it and could give everyone a sense of closure."
"Obviously we're concerned," school board vice president Michael Klebe said. "The board is concerned. This doesn't make our district look very good. I'm just as concerned as any of the parents that have shown up. It's good to see parents get involved and hold the board and administration accountable. That's a good thing for our district."
Following the closed session, the board voted on an independent audit, and may re-evaluate any possible punishment after the findings are returned.
The board's vice president would not talk specifically about personnel issues.