State to audit Joplin School District

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JOPLIN, MO (AP) – The Missouri state auditor says his office will study the Joplin school district, which received an influx in donations after the May 2011 tornado.

The announcement on Monday from Auditor Tom Schweich came after a request from Joplin superintendent C.J. Huff.  Schweich says the request from Huff makes a Joplin businessman’s petition drive seeking an audit unnecessary.

Joplin businessman David Humphreys, chief executive of TAMKO Building Products, began the petition drive seeking an audit.

The Joplin Globe reports Huff said asking the state to do the audit now would save costs associated with the petition drive, which could have cost the district between $70,000 and $100,000.

Huff says the district has expected the audit since the tornado and the district is ready to fully cooperate with the audit.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe