Monday, November 4, 2013

Gloucester, VA Student Activity Funds, Fraud (Part 5 of 10)

Armand A. Fusco, Ed.D.

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Question 5: Student Activity Funds:

How are student activity funds and other cash collections monitored? Who 
monitors such funds? Are income and disbursements verified for accuracy, and 
proper usage? Are bank statements reviewed on a monthly basis? Who conducts 
the review? 
Background: Student activity accounts and other cash-collection 
activities are extremely common sources of embezzlement and misuse. These 
accounts do not typically involve taxpayer dollars, thus the monitoring of such 
funds leaves much to be desired. Consider that school administrators have 
stolen children’s candy money, and one secretary responsible for a student 
activity fund embezzled $483,000. 
Proposed Solution: Although such funds are not part of the school 
budget, each fund should be listed along with its income, expenses, and 
balances during budget presentations. The grand total of such funds would be 
very revealing. 
Because theft and misuse of such funds is so common, an independent 
source must be available to provide proper oversight. For example, practically 
all such funds are controlled at the school level only. The central-office finance 
department should be required to oversee income and disbursements. The 
town treasurer or a volunteer FAC committee or taxpayer group could also do 

Part 5 in our 10 part series to prevent future corruption in Gloucester County.  These plans must be enacted by the school board or we are open to wide abuses and theft which costs all of us a great deal of hard earned money.
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