Audit Uncovers Missing Equipment in Illinois District

An audit has uncovered more than $100,000 of missing computer equipment in the Bellwood (IL) School District 88.

The audit by Virchow Krause and Co. covers the district’s 2006 through 2008 fiscal years and shows discrepancies in the district’s bidding process and computer equipment purchases. Findings reveal evidence that computer equipment had been purchased, but a physical inventory turned up nearly 60 missing items, including five color laser jet printers, four flat-screen computer monitors, 25 Motorola portable radios, 10 desk jet printers, six projectors, five computers and three laptop computers.

Algarnon Stamps, the district’s director of technology, said the missing items were not purchases through his department but through Reading First federal grant money. Linda Fisher, who oversees the Reading First grant, said she was unaware of any missing equipment. Interim Superintendent Kyle Hastings said he would meet with Stamps to discuss the issue.