Missouri auditor employs AP audit in school district investigation

An ongoing investigation into the financial procedures of a Springfield, Missouri, school district has included an accounts payable audit, a contract analysis and requests for further information related to the district's debt, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

The citizen-driven state audit was implemented in November of last year, and is expected to conclude in late 2011, at which point a report will be released to the public.

According to financial operations reports obtained by the news source, auditors also requested information about recent bond issues, employee reimbursements, vendor payments and the flow of money in and out of the district.

Both district and state officials are remaining tight-lipped about the details of the audit.

"I cannot speak to any specific documents or records our auditors have reviewed," Gary McElyea, spokesman for State Auditor Tom Schweich, told the news source. "Our auditors typically request numerous records and information during the audit process. Any concerns and recommendations … will be addressed in the final audit report."

The audit was in the news in April after the Missouri Auditor's Office threatened legal action after the district was slow in providing documentation.

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