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Auditor general to report 'serious findings' in audit of Reading School District

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: May 02 2013 02:31:35 PM CDT
Updated On: May 03 2013 09:08:38 AM CDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania's auditor general is due to release results of an audit of the Reading School District.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Friday to announce "extremely serious findings regarding how the district educates children and spends taxpayer funds."

Pa. Sen. Judy Schwank and Reps. Tom Caltagirone and Mark Rozzi sent a letter to DePasquale in January, asking him to take a close look at the district's finances.

In the letter, they cited a $15 million "accounting shortfall" as being the latest in "a series of disturbing problems that have plagued the district."

The problem, officials said, stemmed from an earlier accounting error, which some feared would put the district's payroll in jeopardy.

"No one should conclude that the money is missing. We will make payroll. Let me underline that, we will make payroll," Robert Heebner Jr., then-school board president, said at the time.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education called the situation "very concerning."