Auditor of State Mary Mosiman today released a report on a special investigation of the Shenandoah Community School District (District) for the period July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2014. The special investigation was requested by District officials as a result of concerns regarding certain reimbursement requests submitted by the former Superintendent, Jeff Hiser.
Mosiman reported the special investigation identified $1,183.86 of improper and unsupported reimbursements to the former Superintendent. Mosiman reported the former Superintendent claimed mileage for events which he did not attend, for an event he took a District vehicle to, for events not related to District operations, and for days it was recorded he had taken leave. The improper and unsupported reimbursements identified total $894.59 and $289.27, respectively.
For instance, Mosiman reported the former Superintendent claimed mileage for a meeting in Des Moines on August 25, 2014. However, minutes from the meeting show he attended electronically rather than traveling to the meeting location in Des Moines. In addition, he claimed mileage for a conference in Des Moines in early August 2014. However, District records show a District vehicle was used for the trip rather than the former Superintendent’s personal vehicle.
The report includes recommendations to strengthen the District’s internal controls, including obtaining supporting documentation from independent parties of meetings or events held outside the District whenever possible.
Copies of this report have been filed with the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Page County Attorney’s Office, and the Attorney General’s Office. A copy of the report is available for review in the Office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s web site a http://auditor.iowa.gov/specials/1430-5976-TE00.pdf.