State auditor: Rockwood School Board president cost taxpayers millions

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 10:56 AM

(KMOV.com) -- How much influence did a school board president have in securing millions of dollars in projects for a construction company he works for?

A state audit has found that the Rockwood School District in St. Louis County overpaid a construction management company by more than $1.2 million over the last 10 years.

News 4 went to Lafayette High School Wednesday night where State Auditor Tom Schweich put the board on notice.   

The audit was released Wednesday. The Rockwood board issued an apology for what it called “mistakes in the past.”

The audit concludes that the district essentially paid Glenn Construction Co. twice for some work related to bond projects. Steve Smith, a Glenn Construction employee, was a Rockwood board member.

Rockwood has an exclusive relationship with Glenn Construction for district bond issue construction management contracts. A taxpayer group sought the audit after the newspaper report.

State Auditor Tom Schweich is recommending that the district attempt to collect any overpaid fees.

 

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