The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has announced that its audit of the Bossier Parish School Board will be delayed for another week.
There really is no rush: the board apparently has not implemented the recommendations of the last one, which was done seven years ago.
Had some of these procedures been put into place, it would have been much more difficult for employees to swindle nearly a million bucks from the board.
Meanwhile, the board is ‘searching’ for a new superintendent. A lot of people believe that the new super will be D. C. Machen, the assistant who was in charge of administration during the great swindle. Several school board members believe that he is just the man for the job.
The good old boy system that created this mess needs to be broken up, and this can only be done by hiring a superintendent from outside Bossier Parish. One school board member believes that Machen is the right choice because of his intimate knowledge of the system.
This is a specious argument when one considers the realities facing the board. This intimate knowledge of the system, and the people therein, is the very thing that should disqualify Mr. Machen.
I have very little confidence that the board will do the right thing in hiring a superintendent, just as I have little confidence that they will implement the recommendations of the new audit.
Sadly, their track record is just not good enough and does not inspire confidence.
Note: In case you don't read our comments section, I am including the first comment as it proves the point.
Jim, I spoke to Dan Daigle today, he is the LLA auditor that handled this audit, and a party named in the report asked for an additional week before it's release. The question will be, how is the original draft different than the final report?