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Missouri auditor reveals problems uncovered in Lee's Summit schools

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LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich presented the results of the Lee's Summit School District audit Monday evening, revealing the problems he uncovered with the way the district spends tax dollars.

State law gives the auditor the authority to audit public and charter schools in Missouri.

Schweich presented the audit findings and took questions from those in attendance at the Tony L. Stansberry Leadership Center in Lee's Summit.

KCTV5 received an advance copy of a state audit.

Among the problems the auditor is pointed out is the more $116,000 spent that "the district did not competitively bid several purchases in accordance with district administrative procedure and state law."

The biggest chunk of change spent without an attempt to get the best deal possible was nearly $30,000 for a class trip to China.

Other items that caught the auditor's eye was spending on tech installation totaling nearly $22,000 and some printing projects totaling over $20,000.

Many wonder how Lee's Summit officials respond to questions about the these no-bid contracts.

According to the report, "the district agrees adequate bidding and documentation is not available."

Another sore spot for the auditor was how nearly $700,000 more of tax dollars are used.

The auditor says Lee's Summit needs to do a better job of looking more new vendors to see if they're getting the best deal. One area in particular where this came up, was student transportation.

Schweich did give them a grade of "good" in the review.

There is much more in this audit including a review of how much Lee's Summit pays its superintendent.  Click here to read the entire report.

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