Dover School Board Answers Allegations of Deceit over Funds
Reporter: Dave Andreesen Date: September 24, 2012
The Dover City Council held a joint fiscal session tonight with the school board where they discussed the how the school department spent the 1.56 million dollars that was left over at the end of the fiscal year. Last week, Councilor Michael Crego accused the school board and superintendent of schools of not communicating with the council and taxpayers about this money during the budget process, and that even though he believes it was spent with good intentions, it was done in deceit.
School Superintendent Jeanne Briggs Badger said this budget closeout was like every other year and she isn’t sure of what the issue is with how the money was spent. She said she had hoped that these allegations would have come up in a more formal meeting or correspondence first, instead of being brought to the media.
The unexpected surplus came from savings in utilities and other costs, and was spent on technology and safety issues.