Audit report show Birmingham schools still having money issues

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A newly released audit report on the financial status of Birmingham schools found the school system to still be suffering from several financial problems.

The report by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts covered the time period from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009. Its conclusion says the Birmingham School System's general fund expenditures exceeded revenues by $8.7 million during this time period.

The drop in enrollment in the schools and proration were noted as major financial issues for the schools.

10 Birmingham schools were cited for faulty bookkeeping. The biggest issue among these schools tended to be teachers not turning in receipts in a timely manner. The report says that receipt journals were provided to teachers, but many collected journals were found disorganized with missing master receipts, late dated purchase orders and no original invoices.

A corrective action plan from Superintendent Craig Witherspoon noted the problems and said steps have been taken to resolve them.

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