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School Administrator Takes Fall for Lost $3.1 Million

Official responsible for oversight of state filings quits, according to a published report.

The school administrator whose mistake likely cost the district $3.1 million in state aid has quit.

According to a Newsday report, the administrator, whose name officials would not disclose since it was a personnel matter, oversaw the late filing of the contentious applications for construction reimbursements.

From Newsday (subscription required):

A pair of audits commissioned by the district found that the former administrator, when relatively new to the job, mistakenly assumed that four aid applications for state construction aid had been filed on time, (Smithtown Superintendent Ethan) Ehmann said. The filing error occurred six years ago.

The announcement comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo . The loss has led parents to publicly scold the district for losing money in such tight economic times.

The school has to dip into it reserve funds to cover the loss.

Last week, Superintendent Edward Ehmann, who many blamed for losing the state aid on his watch, .

Chuck October 03, 2011 at 02:06 PM
So let's see, some minority kid or a homeless persom steals a pack of cigarettes from a conveniance store and their name is plastered all over every available media. But when a highly paid administrator costs the taxpayers $3.1 million they are allowed to hide behind secrecy because it's a "personnel matter"? More BS from the people who run and work in our schools. And the Superintendent retiring? Deduct 20% of his net "Fat Cat" retirement each year until the $3.1 million is recouped.
Chuck October 03, 2011 at 02:08 PM
So let's see, some minority kid or a homeless person steals a pack of cigarettes from a conveniance store and their name is plastered all over every available media. But when a highly paid administrator costs the taxpayers $3.1 million they are allowed to hide behind secrecy because it's a "personnel matter"? More BS from the people who run and work in our schools. And the Superintendent retiring? Deduct 20% of his net "Fat Cat" retirement each year until the $3.1 million is recouped.
john October 05, 2011 at 05:28 PM
How is it a personnel matter if it effects the taxpayers of the school district. I think theres more to it. If this administrator name comes out they are affraid more will come out and there will be a bigger scandal. I smell a coverup.
john October 06, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Tonight is the citizens advisory committee meeting about closing one of the schools. Everyone should go to the meeting to see what is going on before it is to late and then go to the board meeting on Tuesday 10/11 and voice there opinions. There are more school district staff and union members including the STA President than the puplic on this committee
john October 06, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Tonights meeting is at New York Ave. 7PM

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