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School Administrator Takes Fall for Lost $3.1 Million

Official responsible for oversight of state filings quits, according to a published report.

School Administrator Takes Fall for Lost $3.1 Million

The school administrator whose mistake likely cost the district $3.1 million in state aid has quit.

According to a Newsday report, the administrator, whose name officials would not disclose since it was a personnel matter, oversaw the late filing of the contentious applications for construction reimbursements.

From Newsday (subscription required):

A pair of audits commissioned by the district found that the former administrator, when relatively new to the job, mistakenly assumed that four aid applications for state construction aid had been filed on time, (Smithtown Superintendent Ethan) Ehmann said. The filing error occurred six years ago.

The announcement comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo . The loss has led parents to publicly scold the district for losing money in such tight economic times.

The school has to dip into it reserve funds to cover the loss.

Last week, Superintendent Edward Ehmann, who many blamed for losing the state aid on his watch, .

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