I-Team Exclusive: Thousands Of Dollars In School Supplies Missing In Local …
May 8, 2015 - School Supplies
By Charlotte Huffman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You paid for it – so where is it?
Tens of thousands of dollars value of propagandize reserve are blank in a Philadelphia School District – and it might be only a tip of a iceberg.
Investigative contributor Charlotte Huffman is removing answers in this I-Team disdainful report.
The list of apparatus that seem to have walked out of internal schools is long, and a cost is high.
Among a blank skill is a $2,500 printer, a Dell desktop mechanism value about $1,400, a Sharp TV also value about $1,400, an Apple MacBook Air valued during scarcely $2,000 and a $2,500 heart defibrillator.
When a I-Team showed taxpayers and Philadelphia propagandize district relatives a list of a blank apparatus and their prices many were astounded and concerned.
“That’s a contrition what’s on that paper,” pronounced Philadelphia School District parent, Morgan Howard.
“That’s wrong,” combined another Philadelphia parent, Jeff Dorsey. “Where did it go, is someone hidden this stuff?”
The I-Team performed rough formula of an review by Philadelphia’s Office of a Controller.
In a pointless check of 125 apparatus during 10 schools, auditors found 30 percent of apparatus were “not observed.”
That adds adult to roughly $88,000 in blank property.
And that’s only a image of 10 schools selected during pointless for a audit.
If those total reason loyal for all Philadelphia schools, afterwards a intensity cost of blank apparatus balloons to some-more than $2.0 million.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz says prior identical audits uncover a problem exists system-wide problem.
“In a propagandize district where teachers have to take income out of their possess slot to buy reserve and paper and where each nickel depends it’s not acceptable,” pronounced Butkovitz.
The district faces an $80 million bill necessity for a arriving propagandize year.
It is probable some apparatus are still inside a schools though are not labeled or are mislabeled in suitability with district policy.
But auditors found many of a apparatus they looked for were nowhere to be found.
“Whether they were indeed taken or either a propagandize district only didn’t know where they were causes a same problem since they have to be transposed or else kids are not given a apparatus they need to get a correct education,” pronounced Butkovitz.
The I-Team reviewed squeeze orders and found that in 2013 a district spent about $1.3 million on some-more than 700 new computers.
Some of them might have already left from a schools.
For example, 5 computers are blank from Bartram High School in southwest Philadelphia.
Of a 10 schools audited, Bartram had a many blank items.
The I-Team’s requests for criticism from Bartram’s principal went unanswered.
“It’s things for a schools that go – where’s it at? … Someone has got to take shortcoming for it and do something about it,” pronounced Frank Bromley, a Philadelphia School District parent.
The I-Team went to district domicile for answers.
“We need to do a improved pursuit to comment for what occurred with a blank pieces and blank computers,” pronounced Fernando Gallard, a district’s arch of communications.
“So what are we going to do to reason a schools and those principals accountable?” asked I-Team reporter, Charlotte Huffman.
We are indeed frozen their ability to squeeze any some-more items. So if we are removing a extend and you’re not agreeable with a accounting of those materials you’ve purchased – a subsequent extend we get – we are going to solidify your income so we aren’t means to squeeze some-more items. Not until we are means to comment for what occurred and where those apparatus are.
Gallard explained that a district would solidify a school’s purchasing ability until a principal is means to comment for what occurred with a blank items.
“So if we are removing a extend and you’re not agreeable with a accounting of those materials that we have purchased, afterwards a subsequent extend we get we are going to solidify your income so we aren’t means to squeeze some-more items,” he said.
The schools are doing a improved pursuit of gripping lane of skill from years past.
However, Butkovitz and district officials determine that 30 percent of skill unaccounted for is not good enough.