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Viewpoint - July 4, 2012

Letter: School board needs to explain its actions

In regard to the June 27 story titled, "Audit shows lax oversight, murky bookkeeping": The five-member Portola Valley School District Board failed to meet its supervisory responsibilities and showed poor judgment by:

1) Failing to establish audit and budget committees to oversee district finances before the current debacle;

2) Merging the positions of district superintendent and chief business officer, which undercut financial supervision checks and balances;

3) Failing to perform a formal search for the new permanent district superintendent to provide proper credibility for their choice.

The district board should make a formal statement regretting their lax oversight and apologizing to the community of Portola Valley for the consequences to the school district.

Samuel Strober, Minoca Road, Portola Valley

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