Only yesterday I wrote about the proliferation of fees and dues that parents have to fork over to schools for everything from lockers to extra curricular activity participation. I mentioned that the virtual absence of decent accounting for this money was an open invitation to theft.
Now, just one day later, this article surfaces about the swiping of parent provided funds collected for school playground equipment.
Notice that these thefts took place over a fairly long period and only came to light because the crook got greedy and overdrew the account. This thievery was not discovered by an audit process, which was obviously inadequate, or may not have existed at all.
So, yes indeed, the Kentucky Department of Education needs to get with it and set up a decent accounting program for school dues and fees. With some schools’ dues and fees accounts now totaling more than $300,000 annually, this protection for parents should have started a long time ago.