State Education Department – Extended School Day Program

Source: State of New York, Office of the State Comptroller, 2012-0052, February 25, 2014

From the press release:
The SCO Family of Services (SCO), a provider of extended school day programs for the State Education Department (SED), submitted $194,320 in reimbursement claims for expenses that were unnecessary, not allowable or unrelated to its programs, according to an audit released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. …

SCO has two contracts worth $2.7 million to provide extended school day services for the SED. SCO provides academic, arts and music activities during non-school hours to children who attend high-poverty, low-performing schools.

The SFY 2014-15 executive budget proposes a $500,000 grant to SCO to expand its five-day-a-week School Age Child Care/Afterschool Program.

DiNapoli’s auditors, however, found that more than 30 percent of SCO’s prior reimbursements were misspent on inappropriate costs, including:

$90,348 to pay staff who worked when the program was not operating;
$29,360 for three instructors not assigned to the grant;
$11,188 for the SCO educational coordinator who did not work for the extended day program;
$3,173 for an adult aerobics class; and
$2,670 for disc jockey services. ….