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Complete Audit Still Needed

For financially-plagued PHS Stadium project


I really hate to take up another editorial with the issue of the Parkersburg High School Stadium.

But recent developments make that necessary.

The Wood County Board of Education has admitted that since the stadium belongs to the schools, the Board is probably ultimately responsible for paying the remaining $450,000 due on the work.

If the contractor wanted to sue someone to get its money, it would probably sue the Board.

The Board says that if it writes that check, it will look to the Stadium committee pay it back.

Don’t forget, the Board already gave $700,000 to this project.

There's little doubt that there were too many cooks in the kitchen on this project.

That would be understandable if the schools had never before been involved in a major project, or if this had been the first time a major renovation of the Stadium had been undertaken.

But neither is the case.

The Board's finance director… Connie Roberts…now says she would have urged that the project be stopped if she had known that the area banks might not come through with 400-thousand dollars they had originally agreed to lend the project, due to their growing concern about the way money was being spent.

That's all well and good.

But that doesn't change the fact that the costs were skyrocketing as the summer turned into fall and no one seemed to care.

There is still only one solution to this mess.  And that is a complete, unfettered audit of the whole situation.

Yes, that could cost several thousand dollars.  But that's a cheap cure for a bad taste that’s been left in the public's mouth.

The Superintendent, the Board, or Wood County prosecutor Jason Wharton, should request it and make sure the auditors have access to ALL of the information.  The scope of that audit should not be limited in any way.

And I hope I'm not the only one who continues to push for it

 

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