Mo. District Audit Finds Money Misspent

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Ennis school district misspent more than $7 million on a new grade school and teacher housing, and improperly paid a superintendent as an independent contractor for several years while he also collected a pension, a recent audit found.

Madison County commissioners ordered the audit after Attorney General Steve Bullock found the school district broke state law in levying heavy taxes for transportation and adult education, putting that money into a flex fund and then using it to build a grade school. Commissioners received the report Monday.

Current Ennis Superintendent John Overstreet told The Montana Standard ( ) the audit revealed "no surprises, no real glaring fraud or embezzlement."

The issue was raised when some residents of the small town in southwestern Montana complained that money that could be levied without a vote was being used to build a school, rather than voters being asked for their support.

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