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Rockwood State Audit: Overall Performance is Rated "Fair"

LIVE FROM PRESENTATION: Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich reveals what his team of investigators identified in a full audit of St. Louis County's largest school district.

The first state audit of the Rockwood School District since 1994 rated the district "fair" on a scale that ranged from excellent, to good, to fair and finally, to poor. Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich presented the results to the district at 5:30 p.m. today at Lafayette High School Theater in Wildwood.

Prior to the official presentation, Rockwood Superintendent Bruce Borchers told Patch the audit points to some issues that span the past decade.

"Given the size of our district, there is always room for improvements. We care about our students, and I will continue to make the best decisions I can for those 22,000 students," said Borchers.

Patch was at the meeting and will provide ongoing coverage before and after Schwiech's presentation. Please return frequently for updates, and to add reactions or questions in the comments' section of this article. We will have a full update later with details from the audit.

Borchers said the district's staff will continue to put the needs of students foremost, especially as they pursue new processes.

Rockwood Board of Education President Janet Strate said it's key to learn from mistakes. She said she anticipates that most of the items spotlighted in the audit will be taken care of in the next several two to three months.

The audit was divided into nine components:

  • program management services, change orders and conflict of interest
  • bond financing
  • procurement cards
  • procurement procedures
  • receipting procedures
  • capital assets and fuel usage
  • superintendent's contract
  • attendance reporting controls
  • computer controls

A PDF copy of the 28-page audit report is attached to this article.

The audit presentation event concluded at 6:09 p.m.

Click here for a link to Rockwood's response regarding how they will respond to the audit's recommendations.

Read previous Patch coverage from earlier this week:

Rockwood State Audit Results to be Revealed Wednesday

Rockwood's Superintendent Contract Extended Just as State Audit Results Are Expected

Marty February 28, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Ben - I thought Dr. Borchers was brought in to run the District? I'm not aware of meetings in which half the staff booed the Superintendant. Nor am I aware of them letting students into those types of meetings. If that did happen, then I am not proud of the staff that would have allowed that to happen.
Marty February 28, 2013 at 09:40 PM
"I would point out that those two sentences are not mutually exclusive, and often anger incites engagement." You make a valid point, Caffeinated. There must come a point where the anger calms and we make strides toward peace. Dr. Borchers has rejected calls for his resignation. Steve Smith has rejected calls for his resignation. (I would have welcomed it.) What do we do now? 1) Remain vigilant. 2) Support the 3,300+ 3) Vote in light of the information AND subsequent actions of the Board and Superintendant 4) Remain vigilant
Caffeinated February 28, 2013 at 09:43 PM
I think everyone would agree with those points. I would also state I fully support the teachers, and take great pride in the quality of our front-line educators.
Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions March 02, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Julie Shovalin: David Glaser was CFO for Rockwood from February 1996 – June 2009 (13 years 5 months). Shirley Broz was CFO from July 2009 to June 2012. Where was he during this time is a VERY GOOD QUESTIONS.
Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions March 02, 2013 at 04:04 AM
@Ben You did an excellent job with your comments. Impressed to see such an informed and engaged young adult.

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