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Rockwood State Audit Results to be Revealed Wednesday

The public is invited to attend this presentation regarding audit findings of the Rockwood School District, the first new one in almost two decades.

Rockwood State Audit Results to be Revealed Wednesday

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich just announced Monday midmorning he will present results of his team's recent audit of the Rockwood School District at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lafayette High School Theater in Wildwood. 

Schweich will take questions from the audience as well.

Read previous article: Rockwood Audit Cost Actually is Unknown Says Missouri Auditors' Staffer

Spence Jackson, media director and spokesperson for Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich and staff, told Patch in July this audit was partially due to concerns voiced from a Rockwood watchdog coalition group called Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions. RS for RS representatives began a petition drive during the fall of 2011 for a state audit of the district, but the drive did not result in the required number of signatures to demand a state audit.

Patch asked Jackson why it had been 18 years since Rockwood had been audited by a state team. He said Missouri's State Auditing Office only was given the authority to audit school districts in the last few years when state statutes were changed.

"Before changes in Missouri's law, there were only two ways for a school district to be audited:  through a petition, or by a directive from the governor," said Jackson.

Jackson told Patch Monday that the total costs of the audit, as well as auditors' recommendations, would be shared Wednesday night by Schweich.

Rockwood is not the only school district the state's staff is auditing. Jackson said a partial audit of the St. Louis Public Schools is under way, and may conclude in the next two months. They also have been auditing Lee's Summit R-7 School District near Kansas City. "But all our emphasis and most of our time has been spent on getting this Rockwood audit complete so results could be presented," he said.

FOX2 investigator reporter Elliott Davis just aired a related piece Sunday evening:  You Paid For It – Rockwood School District Faces State Audit

Editor's Note:  Patch is awaiting additional details from the Rockwood Communications staff.

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