The Oklahoma State Board of Education will consider a full-state intervention of a school district where three people have been accused of embezzling $200,000.
The superintendent and deputy treasurer of Grant-Goodland Public Schools were suspended as a result of the audit findings, according to news reports.
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister recommended placing the dependent district under full state intervention on Feb. 25 which would involve OSDE financial oversight and the creation of a detailed plan for next school year by the local board. However, the State Board opted to wait 30 days before taking action on the recommendation.
State School Board members considered denying the district its state-aid funds, but opted to wait until tomorrow.
Grant-Goodland audit shows trail of deceptions
The audit shows dozens of checks from the Grant-Goodland School District in 2014-2015 were suspicious. At least one check was sent to a business in an empty building.
Embezzlement alleged at another Oklahoma rural school district
Last year, $200,000 went missing from Grant-Goodland Public Schools in southeastern Oklahoma.
Earlier this month, the school board suspended the superintendent and deputy treasurer they suspected of participating in a scheme to embezzle the money.
In other business, the board will consider deregulating library media specialist requirements at a Tulsa school, adjusting the dates related to students’ Full Academic Year (FAY) status for testing and A-F Report Card purposes, and requests to allow three schools to count one instructional day and six hours of parent-teacher conferences as two school days.
The board meets at 1 p.m. in the Oliver Hodge Education Building, Room I-20, north of the State Capitol.