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$6,000 Overpayment Found in Greenon Local Schools Audit
Columbus – Family ties and a miscalculated severance payout were discovered in an audit of the Greenon Local School District (Clark County) released today by Auditor of State Dave Yost.
“Details matter,” Auditor Yost said. “The ethics, the dollars and cents – it all has to make sense.”
In January 2014, the Board of Education approved the resignation severance agreement of former district Transportation Coordinator Patricia Brown. She received severance payments totaling $19,952, but the board only approved $13,904.
A finding for recovery was issued against Brown in the amount of $6,048. Although the finding for recovery was issued against Brown, it was ultimately repaid by the payroll clerk that miscalculated the payout.
As cited in the management letter issued to the district, Brown’s brother served as board president during the audit period and voted to accept her resignation and severance agreement. This matter has been referred to the Ohio Ethics Commission.
A full copy of this report may be accessed online.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.