Waukee, Iowa School official placed on paid leave after audit

WAUKEE, Iowa  -  The Waukee School District has placed Chief Operating Officer Eric Rose on paid administrative leave, after results of a state audit were released this week.   

Complaints about Rose from lawmakers and taxpayers prompted the audit, which found  $130,000 in spending found to be  “not in the best interest of taxpayers.”  

The audit identified more than $80,000 spent on out-of-state retreats for employees and $20,000 spent on furniture for the superintendent’s office.

Waukee Police investigated Rose in 2016, after numerous complaints.   Police say Rose had kept school property at his home, had directed district employees to run errands for him, and altered employee time cards.The findings have been given to the Dallas County Attorney's Office.T

he Waukee School District released this statement on Friday:

“In response to the findings in the State audit, Waukee Community School District has placed Chief Operating Officer, Eric Rose on paid administrative leave, effective December 7, 2018. The audit report provides an opportunity for the district to consider the detailed findings and the recommended control procedures. The findings reported in the audit confirm policy and procedural changes implemented by the district since July 1, when the current chief financial officer assumed her role. Additional changes will occur as appropriate, and action plans will be developed to address the other recommendations in the audit report.  The Board will engage in dialogue on Monday, December 10 at the Board meeting regarding recommended control procedures"

Audit Questions Spending by Waukee Schools
Audit Questions Spending by Waukee Schools
The State Auditor's Office is looking into $130,000 in spending by the Waukee Community School District.

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