Highlands to reassess bus contract

Source: Tom Yerace, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 23, 2014

After being chastised by the Pennsylvania Auditor General, the Highlands School Board may start putting transportation contracts out for bid. In a recently released audit report of Highlands, Auditor General Eugene A. DePasquale’s office found fault with the district’s payments to its transportation contractor, William G. Roenigk, over four school years, from 2008-09 through 2011-12. … It stated that Roenigk was paid “substantially more than the state Education Department’s final formula allowance, which is used to determine reimbursement of pupil transportation services.” According to the report, Highlands paid $916,000 over its reimbursement allowance in 2008-09; about $910,000 over in 2009-10; $851,000 in 2010-11; and about $718,000 in 2011-12. …
Highlands School District Performance Audit
Source: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of the Auditor General, June 2014
…Observation: Transportation Contractor Paid Over State Formula. Our audit of the High lands School District’s (District) contracted pupil transportation costs for the school years ending June 30, 2009 through June 30, 2012, found that, over the four – year period, the contracted costs paid to the District’s main transportation contractor was substantially more than the pennsylvania Department of Education’s final formula allowance (see page 10)…