Feb 19, 2014 6:46 PM by Tina Macias
The Lafayette Parish School Board just wrapped a workshop looking at its annual financial audit.
The system ended the 2013 fiscal year with a $66.4 million rainy day fund, enough to cover 3.4 months of operations, more than required by board policy.
While auditors said the board "had a very good year financially," they did highlight some issues that have caused controversy for months -- some principals paid more than others, the hiring of special assistant That Welch without an application and board absences.
Auditors concluded that it might not be legal to pay some principals for working more days than others. The issue has been referred to legal counsel.
Welch's application was missing, in violation of board policy, auditors also found. Electronic applications are now being phased in for all new employees.
Board member Tommy Angelle complained that his hiring violated board policy because he didn't meet job requirements -- a high school diploma. Auditors said they didn't investigate that since an application was missing.
Auditors also asked that board members adhere to its policy requiring written excuses for excessive absences. The policy requires excuses after the fifth absence or a $100 fine per absences. That issue will be resolved tonight when the board votes on whether it will accept the absence excuses.