Just days after the start of school, State Auditor Adam August 8th press release announced his office's 75 recommendations for school boards. The press release states that these recommendations, titled "Recommendations To Improve Efficiency and Accountability in KY School Districts", are the result of the examinations of 21 KY school districts since 2012. , a resident of Scott County, has been asked by community members to audit Scott Schools but has resisted. However, his recommendations, and particularly this little gem from the press release - The report also calls for boards to establish processes for district employees to submit concerns to the board about questionable activities, including the actions of the superintendent. “No person should be at risk of losing his or her job for reporting a supervisors’ indiscretion. In each district there needs to be a clear policy in place that allows staff members to report their concerns,” Edelen said, seem aimed directly at the Scott County School Board! No point in our Board instituting this recommendation though unless it musters the resolve to deal with what it discovers. Seems sometimes our Board prefers being blissfully ignorant.
Here are tidbits from the Auditor's recommendations with our red emphasis and our comments italicized:
7. The Board should adopt a comprehensive policy to address nepotism involving the employment and supervision of relatives in compliance with KRS 160.380. For instances in which the employment of relatives is allowed, this policy should address the supervision and other aspects of a relative’s employment to prevent the appearance of a conflict. For example, the policy should contain a provision that prevents an employee from directly supervising or performing evaluations of a family member. Hmmm, sound familiar Scott Board? Check out the positions and the last names on your own website's Transportation page!
14. The Board should ensure employment contracts, including the Superintendent’s, are written and signed prior to the contract’s effective date Lets see Scott Board. Didn't your school bus drivers just drive our children the first three days of school (and plenty this summer) without a contract? First time in history by the way, and all under the leadership of Artistic Director of Transportation, Roy Prince.
31 …..the district should place decals on all vehicles identifying them as district property. And this simple action should not take seven months to accomplish!
38. We recommend the district Superintendent or designee review the documented position descriptions for district personnel to ensure they are appropriate and reflect the employee’s actual job duties and responsibilities. Best you do this yourself Board, just as you discussed but failed to do this summer!
41. We recommend district management evaluate whether candidates are eligible, based on all applicable criteria, for posted employment positions prior to selecting candidates for interview or further consideration. This process will prevent the inappropriate pursuit of an ineligible candidate WOW! Sounds like common sense, huh Board? And how about posting ALL those positions before filling them?
52. District management should provide an annual report to the Board of all vendor contract renewals and extensions. And the Superintendent should up to speed on these, huh Board?
57. District management should prohibit the use of the district’s tools, parts, supplies, and other resources for the maintenance and repair of personal vehicles or other property. We agree.
59. District management should ensure updated policies and procedures are maintained in a central location and made available to all district staff. If the policy and procedure documents are published on the district’s website, district management should ensure only the most current versions of the documents are available. Training should be provided to staff, as needed, to ensure compliance with established policies.
And 67 other recommendations just as compelling, just not as apropos. They can be found at auditor.ky.gov.
Stay tuned for our analysis of the Superintendent's Opening Day, uh.....,uh..., speech.