South Point has to look forward

Published 12:20 pm Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Criticizing the South Point Local School District for the multiple errors and lack of judgment that’s related to the findings of a recent audit is beating a dead horse.

Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor said in a release, “Improper record keeping and lax financial oversight continue to plague the South Point Local School District. I encourage school officials to review and implement the recommendations outlined in this report as they seek to improve accountability and efficiency.”

The report from the auditor’s office is a laundry list of mismanagement and shoddy record keeping, including about $62,000 in federal grant funds that were either improperly recorded or spent outside the allowable time period.

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Former South Point Treasurer Dan McDavid resigned in January, but he should not be viewed as the lone culprit in this embarrassing ordeal.

There is no sense in looking back, but what should occur from this point forward is just as Auditor Taylor suggests: to adhere to her recommendations for compliance and to take the necessary measures to clean up the shop.

This responsibility rests squarely with Superintendent Ken Cook and the South Point School Board. For a school district to be declared “unduditable” is unacceptable to taxpayers because any public body must be accountable to how it spends, or doesn’t spend, its dollars.

In short, what’s done is done and now it’s time for the leaders of this district to fix the problem because that’s what they’re paid to do.

Voters in the South Point district should be patient when it comes to getting everything in order, but they should expect performance from those who have to find a resolution.