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March 16, 2011

 

DiNapoli: Greenburgh-North Castle UFSD Officials Received Questionable Pay of More than $100,000


The former superintendent and three administrative employees of the Greenburgh-North Castle Union Free School District received questionable payments of more than $100,000 because of lax oversight by the district’s board, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“With education costs rising and school districts facing hardships, this is hardly the time to be careless with taxpayer money,” DiNapoli said. “The Greenburgh-North Castle board has to do a much better job making sure district employees only receive compensation they’re entitled to receive.  The district’s mission is too important to squander funds that should be used to help these special needs students.”

The district, located in Westchester County, was created as a Special Act public school by the state Legislature for students with special education needs. The district works in collaboration with St. Christopher’s Inc., a private, not-for-profit company, to provide educational services to day students and students in residential programs.

DiNapoli’s auditors found the district’s board of education neither entered into formal employment agreements with administrative employees nor adopted district-wide policies to define compensation for those employees. And, while the former superintendent had a detailed contract with the board, he still collected vacation buyout payments he wasn’t entitled to receive.

The superintendent received payments totaling $59,708 for vacation buyout during his employment and $5,514 in payment for unused vacation time upon separation from service. Those payments were not in accordance with his contract.

In 2009, three administrative employees, the assistant superintendent for administration, a principal, and the school psychologist, received unsupported lump sum payments totaling $47,822. District officials said each of the three employees worked two weeks during the summer vacation in 2007, 2008 and 2009 but did not receive payment for their service.

However, district officials did not have time records or documentation showing the three actually worked the extra time, or contracts indicating they were entitled to receive these payments.

District officials generally agreed with the auditors’ recommendations and indicated that they planned to take corrective action.

To see the complete audit, go to: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/schools/2011/greenburghnorthcastle.pdf



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