In the wake of a $4.5 million budget shortfall caused by errors and overspending, Shakopee residents are asking the school board to request the Minnesota State Auditor to review the district’s books.
Michelle Bahr recently contacted the school board by e-mail asking fore the audit. The request, the Shakopee Valley News recently reported, is meant to restore the community’s faith in the district’s handling of the unanticipated shortfall. The board has known of the shortfall for months but only recently divulged the size and potential impact of it.
The school board would need to pass a resolution requesting the audit. School district residents could also petition the state for an audit. About 1,600 signatures would be needed on a request.
Director Scott Swanson, the school board’s chairman, said the board could discuss the proposal at meetings this month.