Waxahachie ISD: Charges are rumors
By 10/30/2003 00:00:00
State audit seeks to reveal criminal wrong-doing
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Superintendent Bobby Parker said recently talk about possible criminal charges being filed against district officials are rumors.
Parker, in an interview with another newspaper, said a recent school board request to have the state audit Waxahachie's finances was an attempt to make things informative to the public.
Funny, but not much is being made public by the current administration or the newspaper he was quoted in, the Waxahachie Daily Light.
In the article, published a week after this paper broke the story about possible criminal wrongdoing within the Waxahachie school district, Parker stated 'there are no charges made, no charges pending, but certainly if [the audit] finds wrongdoing, I want to be the first to point it out.'
After the story about the performance review audit hit newsstands Oct. 16, a wave of calls and e-mails have trickled in thanking The Ellis County Press for 'reporting what's really going on.'
What Parker - or the other paper - doesn't mention, however, is the school board request for a forensic audit looks specifically for criminal wrongdoing.
This was mentioned at the school board meeting Oct. 13, a meeting in which this reporter attended the whole time (even stayed an hour afterwards obtaining quotes). The Light's reporter, however, left early, but the fact Parker wants to make things public is a first - for a lot of people.
The superintendent said he wanted to be made aware of specific allegations, such as possible misuse of taxpayer money and school bond election money and internal problems under the guidance of financial officer Dan Davis, who has been out sick since August.
The difference between an audit, which Parker said has been conducted yearly and has found nothing improper, and a forensic state audit - are entirely different.
A regular checking of the books is one thing. But an investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing with taxpayer money is another.
So 'rumors' about charges are not just 'rumors.' They're facts. And the fact is, the school board has requested an audit to specifically look for criminal charges.