DISD Audit - Good
News or Bad Sunday?
In my absence from Dallas,
the long awaited Dallas Independent School Audit made its post bond approval
release to the tax-paying public.
It's strange that the trustees are all relieved that
it paints them not as crooks,
but, unfortunately, as incompetents!
It is further troubling
that many of the issues were raised in past audits (for over two decades and in
some instances, repeatedly. But,
as far as DISD management is
concerned, the audit results went in one ear and out
the other without stirring any thoughts or concerns.
You could hit them over the head with a
2 x 4 and not get any reaction from them.
Several trustees were wringing their hands with befuddled wonderment.
Former Trustee Hollister Brashear
says : ?I don?t know how the district can be audited every year
and these things now come to light?.
Well, Mr. Brashear, if you
are in a state of perpetual denial that you have
problems and your only concern is squandering taxpayers? dollars with abandon
The DISD has committed more than $5 million for outside accountants to come in
and clean up the mess with another $6 million over three years to complete the
job. Is the prospect good? Looking
at the past record of DISD in the news I am skeptical.
When expressing this concern to other elected officials they urge more public
involvement. It is sad to reflect that grown
adult public officials are so inept at the post
to which they have been elected
they must be constantly under scrutiny.
David Dycus, Director of Municipal
Audits for the Office of
Comptroller of the Treasury in Tennessee, said large government agencies,
especially school districts, often have little incentive to shore up their
financial short comings because they constantly pull
in vast amounts of money from taxpayers. ?If you
have a leak at the bottom of my swimming pool, as long as
I?ve got new water coming in, the pool stays full.? The
passed bond proposal is more water for the pool.
Finally, in Wednesday?s letters to the editor one
writer bemoans the passage of the bond proposal and the subsequent bamboozle of
the taxpayers by the school board. While
the trustees may be relieved that there was no
criminal offense committed,
I feel that their dealings with the taxpayers were
less than above board or ethical.
I agree with the writer who
says the passing of the bond proposal should be rescinded,
but the foxes have decimated the hen house again. I do not know if the DISD is
more inept in handling it?s affairs or the public is in rubber-stamping the
trustees actions by passing the bond proposal.
One thing is for sure we will be treated to more items in the news about the
There are none so blind as
he who will not see.
David W. Tuthill