The board of trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) said Monday it has endorsed an action plan and associated budget request in response to recent recommendations made in a report by the province’s auditor general into allegations of fraud.
In September, provincial Auditor General Julia Mullaley released a report of a two-and-a-half-year investigation into allegations of fraud within the ranks of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.
The investigation found a number of examples of fraud between 2011 and 2016. It included unauthorized vehicles receiving free snow tires, free snow clearing, $735 wheelbarrow rentals, purchases of $3,320 laser levels and much more.
The report outraged school councils and parents in the province.
“The board of trustees takes the auditor general’s report very seriously and we are determined to put the policies, procedures and resources in place to address the recommendations,” board vice-chair Wayne Lee stated in a news release. “There is no quick fix to this — and there’s no solution that doesn’t involve new software, new systems, and the human resources to implement…