COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) sent a letter to State Auditor Keith Faber asking for a performance audit to be conducted for the Van Buren School District.
Cross has noted concerned constituents have reached out as well as publicly noted projected deficits as key reasons for requesting the audit.
The Ohio Department of Education has put the Van Buren School District on a precautionary financial status watch list.
In the letter, Cross indicates the performance audit will help reveal the financial situation of the Van Buren School District.
“I believe a performance audit is necessary as the school district faces a projected $1.3 million deficit for the 2020 fiscal year, as well come fiscal year 2021, the deficit projection increases to $3.2 million,” says Cross.
“Transparency is important by allowing the school district and taxpayers to see for themselves the results of this audit, simultaneously, it could result in the implementation of cost saving measures for Van Buren schools,” said Cross. “As a supporter for our public schools, I only want the best for our students, teachers, and parents in the 83rd District. I am also thankful for Auditor Faber for giving consideration for this important request.”