School board scrutinizes WASD's systems of purchasing and storing supplies

July 20, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School District's systems of purchasing and storing supplies came under scrutiny Wednesday at a specially scheduled school board meeting.

Some board members concerned about purchasing said they felt more confident after principals showed them documents they use. The principals explained how they prioritize requests and plug them into the budget system.

Board member Billie Finn, who has been outspoken about questionable purchase orders, said she did not want to imply she distrusts building principals or wants to micromanage them. Last week, Finn questioned purchases for items such as wireless pointers, DVDs and GPS units.

"I truly feel we have a duty to ensure this money is being spent appropriately," she said.

Both Finn and board member Sherry Cline said the budget and purchase documents as presented to the board are confusing.

"This is made and designed, I feel, to be very confusing," Cline said.

Finn said it's difficult to see how much has been spent in budgetary categories.

"I'm not opposed to giving students what they need. I am opposed to a system that's not well-controlled," she said at the start of the meeting.

Finn asked questions about several new bids for sealant, lumber and floor stripper. Other board members said they don't like that stockpiled supplies such as dried-up printer ink and liquid paper are being trashed from the warehouse.

The district is implementing a new system for scanning warehoused items to keep inventories.

The school board passed a $49.9 million budget for 2011-12 on June 30. That budget decreases spending by about $1.3 million from what was approved for 2010-11.

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