November 13, 2010 (San Francisco) – This summer, SFUSD uncovered irregularities in the accounting practices of a few individuals. District officials immediately began an independent investigation and contacted the appropriate law enforcement agencies. To the extent the investigation concludes any wrongdoing, the district intends to pursue all legal remedies available to the district.
While the investigation continues, there are some things known for certain. A few individuals in one department received unauthorized payments from community organizations that had been subcontracted by these same individuals to provide specific services. It is against district policy for employees to receive payment for services they are on salary with the district to deliver.
The irregularities being investigated relate only to a few people. There are many safeguards in place including SF Board of Education reviews of all expenditures, a multistep process for any and all contracts, and an annual third party audit. This fall, we have put even more safeguards in place related to contracting with outside service providers.
It is our responsibility to be trustworthy stewards of public money. We have set up ways for employees or community members to report any concerns related to accounting irregularities: A tip line (415-248-1321) and email address firstname.lastname@example.org.