An audit of a Washington County High School finds there was a lack of institutional control and fuzzy financial reporting dating back to 2008.
Auditors found 40 discrepancies at Enterprise High School, ranging from the improper use of credit cards and vehicles to a birthday party being paid for by taxpayer dollars.
A 47-page audit blames Enterprise High School staff for misusing some of its $1.6 million annual budget. Enterprise resident and attorney Aaron Prisbrey blew the whistle.
“This isn’t just a loss of financial control these are quite possibly crimes that have been committed,” Prisbrey said.
While no criminal action has been taken, there is currently an investigative audit into the Washington County School District.
As for the newly-released report, it accuses high school staff of nearly $20,000 of “unreasonable purchases,” with nearly $8,000 given to non-curricular clubs, illegal according to Utah code.
“We’re fine owning up to the things that were done wrong. Were there criminal or fraudulent things done? No,” Superintendent Larry Bergeson said.
The district disputes the majority of the audit findings. Superintendent Bergeson and Business Manager Brent Bills argue most center around messy record-keeping and unreasonably strict expectations.
Bergeson says the school is working on providing better training to employees and have updated policy procedures. He would not comment on employee repercussions related to the audit.
“Yes whenever you get those accusations being made, it’s like okay, let us have an opportunity to go out and address them, confirm them, and then we will deal with it,” Superintendent Bergeson said.
“Their responses are almost laughable. It’s like we are idiots,” Prisbrey said.
ABC4 Utah News spoke to the current principal here Enterprise High School. He says he has nothing to do with the audit, because he was brought in last year. The information centers around former principal Rusty Holmes, who is now at Millcreek High School.