Audit uncovers improper school district spending in Iowa

January 2, 2019 | KAAL

A state audit has found more than $2 million in improper disbursements to Mason City Community School District staff between 2009 and 2017.

The Iowa State Auditor’s Office released the report Friday outlining the results of a special investigation that found $2,238,952.08 of improper disbursements, including more than $1.3 million of contract salary issued to administrators and nearly $172,000 for a resignation package for former superintendent Anita Micich.

The report shows 66 district employees were paid more than the authorized salary amount set by the school board. A number were also given monetary benefits for vehicle and cell phone allowances, despite lacking a provision in their contract or board approval allowing the payments.

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