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Monies assigned to education need transparent stewardship

Published: August 31, 2012

Regarding “Ex-community college bursar admits taking almost $400K” (News, Aug. 17): The embezzlement at Oklahoma City Community College is particularly troubling. This activity took place undetected over a period of four years. Is this an example of a widespread practice affecting institutions of higher education and possibly school districts throughout our state? At a time when the taxpayers' money should reach the classroom in its entirety, we need to be more vigilant.

The fact that OCCC implemented new procedures to increase oversight, and now has more than one person to handle any account, is an example of the proverbial closing of the barn after the cow runs away. We should use modern technology to supervise the movement of money in our government offices. A uniform, computerized, compulsory accounting system should be implemented. The individual computer records could be downloaded randomly by a centrally located master computer with software capable of flagging suspicious items. This could then be followed by unannounced site visits to clarify any discrepancies.

All monies assigned to education should be the subject of a transparent stewardship. Taxpayers, educators and students shouldn't be shortchanged.


Raoul Carubelli, Oklahoma City