Sloppy Construction Contracts Cost Rockwood School District $1.2M

WILDWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) — The Rockwood School District is in hot water with the state auditor’s office after a report shows the district overpaid for construction contracts by more than a million dollars.

State Auditor Tom Schweich says overall, the district got a “fair” grade on its audit report, the biggest problem was that the district use the same company to manage their construction and didn’t bid out building work.

Accodring to Schweich that lend to the Rockwood School District paying around 1.2 million dollars more than they should have for construction projects.

“There was some problems with the way the construction program management firm handled its fees as well.”

He called that process “sloppy” and has made recommendations to the school board to change its contracting policies.

School Board President Janet Strate tells KMOX there’s already a plan scheduled to be voted on at the next board meeting that would tighten up those policies.

The auditor’s office routinely looks into school districts, but Schweich says recent complaints from families within the district made this district jump to the front of the line.

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