Chickasha Public Schools

The Chickasha Board of Education was in disagreement on Tuesday night regarding the presentation of a forensic audit. 

Two new board members, Laurie Allen and Cara Gerdes wanted to table the presentation until next month, when new board member, Robyn Morse, will be sworn in. 

"The timing is absolutely incorrect," Allen said. 

Moreover, board members were concerned about personal information, including the identities of former and current employees, contained within the audit. Some members questioned if litigation could result from sensitive information being released. 

Board member Zack McGill was initially against the presentation. However once he became aware the audit will be public record, he said it may be better to go forward with the presentation so that board members could immediately respond and ask questions. 

The alternative was to have the presentation at the next board meeting in April. A motion to table the forensic audit until the next meeting ultimately failed. Morse was allowed to participate as an audience member to ask questions during the presentation.

Lea Wietholter of Workman Forensics, presented the findings. 

Overall, the audit found there were policies and procedures in place that had not been adhered to, Wietholter said. 

The audit found inconsistencies concerning charge accounts as several home improvement businesses as well as purchase orders. Moreover, the audit found funds had been reported missing from the archery fund, errors concerning payroll and there were questions about the athletic funding. Some of these errors have since been corrected, Wietholter said. 

Doug Brown, Chickasha Board of Education President, said in the years that he had been on the board, purchase order procedures had always been mentioned during an audit.

During the presentation of the audit on Tuesday night, Wietholter did not directly name the persons mentioned within the document. 

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