GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOX) – Earlier this week, KMOX told you about Granite City School District parents and teachers calling for a forensic audit of the district – a request the school board said could cost as much as $100,000 to complete.
But now, the head of the teachers union in Granite says he’s gotten a bid much lower than that.
Local 743 President Steve Knogl says after his town hall meeting on Tuesday he was contacted by a local accounting firm, “They gave us a range for this type of forensic audit of between $10,000 to $50,000 which is very exciting to us, because that’s a much smaller number. Now we’re going to pursue that not only with this firm, but we may put it out there for a couple of other firms.”
Knogl says previously the school board refused that forensic audit because of the price, but says now not only is he finding that it could cost much less, but the union and some local businesses are talking about getting money together and offering to pay for the audit themselves.
This dispute began when the board said it was going to lay off teachers because it was running out of money and state funding continues to be uncertain.
The next Granite City School Board meeting is April 8.