Sound Familiar? Time for school finance reform.
Original post made by Susan Smith, Woodside: other, on Mar 22, 2014
San Carlos schools Superintendent Craig Baker and Chief Operations Officer Robert Porter apparently failed to "comprehend" that a $1.3 million home mortgage loan for Baker shouldn't have been made until the school board approved it in open session the next day, an independent audit found. What's more, according to the audit, Porter neglected to tell the school board before it approved the loan that district funds had already been transferred the day before. And, according to the audit, Porter at one point wrote a personal, $36,000 check to cover the house sale deposit for Baker, who is his boss. The report was commissioned last year by the school board in the wake of public criticism of how the loan was handled. It was posted on the district's website on Feb. 28, along with a letter from school board President Adam Rak, who said that funding the loan in advance of the meeting was merely an error. "This mistake does not manifest any intent to engage in wrongdoing, Nothing illegal, nefarious or improper was done," Baker told The Daily News on Thursday. "Mistakes were made. We're moving on to do the real work of the district."