State Auditor Debates Release Of Broken Arrow Schools Audit

Thursday, September 9th 2010, 6:00 pm
By: News On 6

By Ashli Sims, The News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The state auditor is moving ahead with a second audit into Broken Arrow Public Schools, while the debate over releasing the first audit continues.

It was supposed to be released last week, but State Auditor Steve Burrage questioned its independence and decided it shouldn't be released. He insists Broken Arrow parents will get answers. But when that will happen is still up in the air.

9/1/2010 Related Story: State Auditor Decides To Redo Broken Arrow School District Audit

State auditors sat down with members of the Attorney General's office Wednesday to talk about releasing the latest draft of the audit into Broken Arrow schools.

For the last 16 months, special auditors have been investigating claims the district gave preferential treatment to a vendor, Air Assurance.

Now, after several media requests for the report, Burrage has gone to the Attorney General's office to see if the latest draft falls under the open records act.  If it does and its release wouldn't impair the second audit, then Burrage has promised to make the first audit public.

The AG's office was supposed to submit a letter to the auditor's office with its decision, but it has not arrived yet.

In the meantime, the auditor's office is proceeding with a second investigative audit of the district. This one was requested by the Attorney General Drew Edmondson to look into criminal misconduct.

A spokesperson for the auditor's office says two special auditors will get to work in Broken Arrow early next week.