Missouri auditor faults Liberty schools on finances

Friday, July 24, 2009 | 1:29 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — A state audit shows that the Liberty School District has faced financial problems because of poor planning and poor choices by previous administrations.

Missouri Auditor Susan Montee said Thursday that prior administrations overspent when there was plenty of money, and then didn't cut back during leaner times.

Current Superintendent Mike Brewer said the district has since gotten its finances turned around, but there is more work to do.

Montee's report also said the district didn't have adequate long-term financial plans. Her office performed the audit after parents led a petition drive for one.

The report said the district faced a projected deficit of $12.9 million in two years if major budget cuts weren't made. It said the district can avoid that deficit if it follows through on proposed budget cuts of $7.5 million in fiscal 2010 and $10 million in fiscal 2011.


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