A Knox County audit that looked into the school system's physical plant upgrades account – one some officials dubbed a "slush fund" – recommends that officials do a better job tracking how the money assigned to it is spent and improve the overall accounting process to ensure that the money is spent how it was intended.
"I know it's
not the most exciting thing, but it's an area that's really important,"
said the county's internal auditor, Andrea Addis. "To know when we spend
money, when we're spending our money, that we know we're spending it in
the right places. That's really what it comes down to."
audit did not identify any areas officials found "criminal in nature,"
nor did it discover any "acts of fraud, waste (or) abuse," but none were
Instead, auditors were tasked to conduct a
"performance audit," something that looks at how the accounting process
works and whether officials followed the rules.
"there's areas to improve," but noted: "There's nothing that jumps out
that says 'hey, this is a really bad thing,' or 'there's something going
on here," but it's just about building a stronger structure."
said more controls in place would give officials the "tools to monitor
their performance and hold them accountable for their performance."
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