Jan 14, 2014 9:45 AM by AP
A state audit finds the Lafourche Parish School Board failed to follow federal regulations in seeking public bids on $150,000 in services and supplies.
The audit said federal money was used to purchase special education curriculum software in all parish schools, but the school district didn't take bids every two years as required.
Board Business Manager Don Gaudet tells The Courier the school board didn't advertise for public bidding because it wasn't aware of the requirement when using federal money.
The board was also given a recommendation to monitor its $9.5 million health insurance fund that finances employees' health care costs. State officials say that amount may be considered excessive.
The audit recommends steps be taken to reduce the fund or to not increase health insurance costs for employees.