Group Who Sought Probe Of Rockwood Schools Says One Resignation Isn’t Enough

EUREKA, Mo. (KMOX) — The resignation of a Rockwood School Board member last weekend isn’t nearly enough, some taxpayers say, in the wake of a less-than-stellar State Audit.

Last month, State Auditor Tom Schweich said the school district overpaid a construction company by more than $1.2 million over a ten year period.

Eileen Tyrrell, of the group Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions, points to decisions made after board members knew the contents of the audit, but before those contents were public.

“You don’t extend the superintendents contract in light of a scathing audit report,” said Tyrrell. “That contract didn’t need to be extended. His contract was up in 2015 prior to February 24th, and now its 2016.”

Tyrrell is demanding the resignation of Superintendent Bruce Borchers as well as four other board members.

Rockwood School District Board of Education Director Steve Smith resigned days after the audit was made public. Smith said in his resignation letter that he was stepping aside so the focus can be on the children of the district.

He also said education and a ballot issue, Proposition S, need to be at the forefront of the community dialogue.

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