State audit questions Waukee school district spending

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — A special state audit report says Waukee Community School District administrators improperly used state credit cards and spent nearly $129,000 on items and services that “were not in the taxpayers’ best interest.”

The report issued Thursday says the items included nearly $28,000 for lounge chairs and furniture for the superintendent’s office and more than $83,000 on district administrators’ retreats.

District spokeswoman Amy Varcoe says in an email that the audit findings confirm policy and procedural changes that have been or will be implemented.

The report says the audit covered July 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2017, and was conducted in response to lawmakers’ and residents’ concerns about the district’s chief operating officer.

In May, the district reached a lawsuit settlement with the second of two former employees who had reported what they say was misconduct by the officer, Eric Rose. The district superintendent has denied the allegations.

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