Education A State Capitals Roundup

Massachusetts State Auditor Faults Construction Oversight

By John Gehring — September 22, 2004 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

A report from Massachusetts’ state auditor blasts the agency that had overseen the state’s school-construction-assistance program for allegedly wasting millions of dollars and providing weak oversight.

Joe DeNucci, the state auditor, found that a lack of adequate financial and human resources prevented the School Building Assistance Program, which has been run by the state department of education since 1965, from providing proper oversight of construction costs. The audit said that the department missed opportunities to save as much as $20.5 million in annual payments by failing to challenge estimates of final costs.

Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, signed legislation in July that moved responsibility for the program from the education department to a new School Building Authority overseen by the state treasurer. The authority faces a backlog of 425 school projects with a price tag of more than $4 billion.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Professional Development Webinar
Strategies for Improving Student Outcomes with Teacher-Student Relationships
Explore strategies for strengthening teacher-student relationships and hear how districts are putting these methods into practice to support positive student outcomes.
Content provided by Panorama Education
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Classroom Technology Webinar
Transform Teaching and Learning with AI
Increase productivity and support innovative teaching with AI in the classroom.
Content provided by Promethean
Curriculum Webinar Computer Science Education Movement Gathers Momentum. How Should Schools React?
Discover how schools can expand opportunities for students to study computer science education.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: September 21, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: September 7, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: August 31, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: August 24, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read