Audit finds improper spending at central Iowa school

DES MOINES, Iowa-  An audit of a central  Iowa school district has uncovered thousands of dollars in improper spending, by a former principal.   

The Collins-Maxwell District asked the state to look at the books, because of concerns about former Middle & High School  Principal Jordan Nelson's use of a District procurement card.  The audit found nearly 15-thousand dollars of improper spending, and  thousands of dollars in undeposited collections.  

The report finds some of the spending was for personal use, but due to a lack of documentation,  it's unclear if other purchases were personal or for the district.   

The card was used by Jordan, but also other employees of the school district.

The audit identified more than $11,000 of undeposited collections including a $7,500 longevity bonus not repaid by Nelson, in accordance with his employment contract, lunches provided to employees at no cost, and $129 in undeposited gate admission receipts.   State Auditor Mary Mosiman's report recommends stronger internal controls for the Maxwell-Collins School District.  

The investigation looked at the books between 2015 and this year.   Jordan Nelson resigned in June.

Copies of the report have been filed with the Story County Sheriff's Office, the Story County Attorney's Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Iowa Attorney General's Office.

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