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IRS Audit Of Scandal Ridden St. Joseph School District Will Take One Year

Sam Zeff

The IRS audit of the scandal ridden St. Joseph School District will take an entire year to complete.

When the district announced the audit it said the IRS would be at district headquarters for only four days this month looking at contracts, termination agreements and board minutes from 2013.

But at the very end of this week’s board of education meeting, administrators told the school board the IRS will spend the next year combing through documents from 2012 through 2014. Many board members were stunned to hear the news.

The IRS has said it does not comment on ongoing audits.

However, past IRS school district audits have focused on whether compensation was properly reported to the government.

The board was also told that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has asked the district to update its efforts to implement the recommendations of a state audit report released in February.

The audit uncovered $40 million in unapproved stipends, a lack of overtime control, no bid contracts, nepotism and numerous violations of the Missouri Sunshine Act.

All this comes as the FBI continues to investigate the district.

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