JCPS audit reveals 'unchecked bureaucracy'; recommendations made

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 7:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A 260 page report that calls Jefferson County Public Schools a bloated bureauracy.

“It's hard to believe that these inefficiences that cost taxpayers 3 million dollars hasn't been addressed in years,” says Kentucky state auditor Adam Edelen.

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen released his year long review of JCPS this morning.

With Superintendent Donna Hargens and Board Chair Diane Porter by his side Edelen said the district ranked lowest in instructional spending and highest in administrative spending compared to similar districts and had a high teacher to student ratio

“This is a great conversation so we are going to link arms and come up an implementation plan and action plan and bring to our board,” said JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens.

The audit used information from 2010. District officials say since that time they've spent an additional 24 million dollars in the classroom and fund more for textbooks than the state requires.

To view the full report click here.

Board members say schools have not come to them asking for more money.

“The board members have told them if you need more money you can come to us you call the CFO and not once have they come to us,” said JCPS board member Carol Haddad.

Superintendent Hargens says the district will review the salary structure.

It’s recommended that the school board expand by 2 more board members to make sure there is enough review and understanding of the budget.

The district now has 60 days to submit a status update and will provide updates to the state in 6 months and a year.

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