Wednesday, September 19 2012 9:26 PM EDT2012-09-20 01:26:30 GMT
Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen has released a review of spending of the food service fund at Kenton County School District, finding excessive travel and lax financial controls. According to the audit,Full Story >
According to the audit, since calendar year 2007, the Student Nutrition Department at Kenton County Schools has spent at least $116,388 on out-of-state travel.Full Story >
A House committee taking Congress' latest look at the Internal Revenue Service's mistreatment of tea party groups will apparently have to do so without input from the star witness.Full Story >
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups told Congress on Wednesday that she had done nothing wrong in the episode, and then invoked her...Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:58 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:58:14 GMT
The Ohio Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from Ryan Widmer for a fourth trial. Widmer is serving a 15 years to life sentence for killing his wife, Sarah, in the bathtub of the couple's Hamilton TownshipFull Story >
The Ohio Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from Ryan Widmer for a fourth trial.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:21 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:21:28 GMT
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The FBI confirmed a special agent fatally shot a man in custody while conducting "official duties," spokesman Dave Couvertier told NBC News. In a WESH interview, a friend identified the deceased as Ibragim Todashev, 27.Full Story >
FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) -
Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen has released a special examination of the Mason County School District, finding wasteful spending, excessive benefits for the superintendent and lack of proper board oversight.
The exam found nearly $200,000 worth of expenditures by the superintendent, six district employees and five board members that appeared excessive, lacked supporting documentation, had no clear business purpose or did not go through the district's own approval process.
The report will be referred to the IRS.
The 176-page report details numerous meals at upscale steakhouses by the board and administrators and pricey hotel stays, including many at the Marriott in Covington, just an hour from Maysville.
Various district employees and current and former board members told the auditor's staff that eating expensive meals is a sort of philosophy of the district and a way to compensate board members who aren't paid large salaries.
Even small-dollar purchases with questionable business purposes such as blizzards from Dairy Queen and snacks from gas stations were expensed to the district.
The purpose of many of the superintendent's purchases couldn't be verified because the tops of receipts, which contained the date and location of the expense, had been torn off.
"In a district that receives nearly half of its revenue from the Commonwealth, all taxpayers – not just those in Mason County – ought to be alarmed," Edelen said. "Parents today are forced to spend money not just on pencils and notebooks but paper towels and other janitorial supplies. Every teacher I know pays for classroom supplies out of their own pocket. And property owners never see relief on their tax bills. The findings in this report are shameful."
The report, prompted by an Office of Education Accountability (OEA) referral to the auditor, contains 15 findings and 47 recommendations.
It found the superintendent received compensation and benefits in excess of his contract. Throughout the superintendent's term, salary and benefit increases were not supported in official documents approved by the board.
Upon the OEA's investigation last year, the board adopted an addendum to the superintendent's contract in an attempt to justify and retroactively approve the undocumented or improperly documented benefits he had received since June 2001. Of the five board members that signed the addendum, none were members when he was hired and only one was a member when he received subsequent benefit increases.
The report also found the district continued reimbursing the superintendent – for a total of $3,610 – for a family health insurance plan even after he changed to a single coverage plan.
In addition, the district paid duplicate costs for certain superintendent travel expenses. Not only did he receive mileage reimbursement for out-of-district travel, he also had access to fuel in city fuel storage tanks, using roughly $8,000 worth of fuel each year between 2007 and 2011. In several instances, the superintendent overstated trip mileage and received reimbursement for duplicate or conflicting trips. Subordinates of the superintendent, rather than the board, reviewed and approved his reimbursement requests.
The superintendent's contract also provided him a $500 vehicle allowance; however, it made no provision for the district to maintain the vehicle. He regularly used the district's garage to have routine maintenance performed on his personal vehicles.
Some current and former board members told the auditor's staff that they never had an issue with the superintendent receiving duplicate travel benefits because he has done an exemplary job and deserves such benefits. "
This is the third examination of spending in Kentucky school districts that Edelen has released in the last two months. A September report found excessive travel by Kenton County School District food service personnel and lax financial controls. A report released earlier this month found the former Breathitt County School Superintendent exerted an excessive amount of control without proper board oversight. Another education review, at Dayton Independent Schools, is underway.
The Cincinnati Zombie Walk was a great opportunity to take participants minds out of day-to-day routines, right around the time from Halloween events.Full Story >
The Cincinnati Zombie Walk was a great opportunity to take participants minds out of day-to-day routines, right around the time from Halloween events. It also helped support the Free Store Food Bank by asking participants to donate canned goods.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:16:10 GMT
A big clean up is underway at Amelia High School following a prank. Several trees were toilet papered and the sign in front of the school was also changed. No word on any suspects in the prankFull Story >
No word on any suspects in the prank or if the school system plans to punish those responsible.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:06 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:06:35 GMT
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County. The Warren County chase started near Little Miami High School around 11:30 Tuesday night whenFull Story >
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:42 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:42:17 GMT
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday. Kara Perkins agreed to go along when one of her friends said she neededFull Story >
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:41:37 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
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