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DePasquale will "dig deeper" into Susquehanna schools

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On Thursday Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced his office plans on auditing the Susquehanna Township School District to get to the bottom of current board issues.

This follows a Tuesday night meeting during which parents, teachers and residents expressed concern over a "downward spiral of education, non-responsive school leaders and falling property values in the district."

Within the last several years, excellent teachers have left their positions at the district's elementary, middle and high schools, according to the group.

"School board members are elected to serve the best interests of taxpayers and students, but based on public information and media reports, I am concerned that the Susquehanna Township School board members are turning their back on the taxpayers who elected them and the students who count on them to provide a good education," DePasquale said.

"I cannot sit idly by and watch if there is any merit to the concerns being raised by hundreds of taxpayers.

DePasquale said he directed his audit staff to extend the current audit of the school district, noting that the district's cyclical audit was due to be released this Fall.

"So many concerns have been raised — including media reports about early management contract renewals — that a more through audit is necessary to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately and students in the Susquehanna Township School District receive the quality education they deserve."

School board solicitor Paul Blunt called DePasquale's statements highly inflammatory and politically motivated, and said the audit extension is an "egregious abuse of the auditor general's discretion."

Blunt said he wondered why the board wasn't contacted to get the facts straight.


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