Rockwood School Audit Shows Millions Wasted On Construction

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The biggest school district in St. Louis County is being told to tighten its business procedures and open up transactions.

The audit calls Rockwood out for spending $1.2 million in extra fees for construction management work without approving contract changes.

It points out the district failed to request bids for major changes to renovation work at Marquette High School.

Auditors found 36 change orders totaling $1.8 million, or one third of the original construction contracts.

That, the auditor said, shows poor planning.  It violates a state law requiring bids for construction that may exceed $15,000.

Schweich also noted Rockwood failed to document the selection of its construction management firm for the 2010 bond issue.

The Rockwood School district released this statement about the audit: 

On February 27, State Auditor Tom Schweich presented the results of the Rockwood performance audit.  During the meeting, the Rockwood Board of Education shared their appreciation of the external review from the State Auditor’s Office.  Members noted that they are committed to continuous improvement, and will use the recommendations included in the report in that spirit.

Read the full audit from Missouri State Auditor Thomas Schweich here


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