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AG finds numerous noncompliance issues with Allentown School District

Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:00:45 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 04 2013 10:15:28 PM CDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

The state's auditor general says Allentown School District is not complying with many state education requirements.

The 29-page report says the school district failed to maintain the documentation required for its State Transportation Subsidy.  Allentown receives close to $2 million a year for transportation.

Allentown also failed to verify all bus driver qualifications, the report says.  It says records were inaccurate for nine drivers.

The district failed to report its total population, the report says.  Without reporting its total membership number, the District lost out on close to $50,000 of state funding.

Allentown also failed to stay up-to-date with its monitoring of teacher certifications.  It's lack of proper records resulted in three teachers with a lapse in their certification, the report says.

 Allentown School District says it's working to fix the issues.

“The Allentown School District has instituted multiple-level checks and protocols to prevent these issues from recurring. The district noted the issues prior to the audit recommendations and implemented systems immediately. We value the oversight provided by the Auditor General’s Office to make certain that we are meeting compliance requirements. The District has taken this performance audit seriously and we remain steadfast to ensure that we prevent future concerns," said Dr. Jack Clark, Allentown School District's Chief Financial Officer.

The district had improve its reporting of health services which was recommendation of the last audit the state performed on the district back in 2010, the report said.  It also altered the superintendent's employment contract, as the state requested.

The audit covered the period of August 3, 2010 through May 17, 2013.