ROSELLE, NJ - A forensic audit of spending last year by the Roselle School District found a long list of questionable actions including "over threshold" payments to vendors working for the district without a contract, the purchasing of cars and Apple watches and other items.
The audit, dated April 26, was conducted by the Bayonne-based accounting firm of Donohue, Gironda, Doria & Tomkins at the request of the Department of Education's Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance (OFAC). It will be submitted to OFAC and to the Union County Prosecutor's Office, according to a resolution passed by the Roselle Board of Education.
The audit was requested after it was found that school money appeared to be used to improperly. The allegations prompted the school board, in January, to place on administrative leave district Business Administrator Jason Jones and his assistant, Jade Wilson.
Sources say the signature of Roselle Schools Superintendent Richard Corbett was forged on purchase orders, a discovery that prompted the investigation. Corbett announced his resignation in May after serving only a year of his 3-year term, citing no reason for the abrupt departure.
According to a source, Dr. Shakirah Harrington, Roselle’s assistant schools superintendent, resigned on Thursday.
“I’d like to know who is going to be assembled to find replacement administrators that will clean up this mess?” asked a parent, who did not want her name used in this article.
Details of the complete audit results can be found by clicking here.
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