Lake Station school treasurer asked to repay money

2013-06-20T13:10:00Z 2013-06-21T13:02:06Z Lake Station school treasurer asked to repay moneyCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | A Lake Station elementary school extracurricular treasurer is being asked to repay nearly $42,000 to the school.

The audit says Jane Woynaroski, extracurricular treasurer at Bailey Elementary School in the Lake Station Community Schools, did not issue receipts for or deposited all fundraising profits. Some textbook rental receipts were not deposited and some textbook rental receipts were issued for less than the amount of the checks received, the audit says. The audit also says some receipts couldn't be found and that there were missing funds.

The report has been forwarded to the Indiana attorney general's office and the Lake County prosecutor's office. As of Thursday, no charges were on file at the county prosecutor's office against the school treasurer.

The Indiana State Board of Accounts released the special investigative report on the elementary school Tuesday. The report covers the period July 1, 2008, to Jan. 22, 2013.

The contents of the report were discussed Feb. 26 with Lake Station Superintendent Dan DeHaven, along with other school officials. In his written response, DeHaven says the audit for Bailey school is thorough and shows a pattern of poor accounting practices. "I do not challenge any of the audit findings for Bailey School," DeHaven writes.

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