As if the Richmond School Board doesn't have enough problems to worry about, on Monday afternoon they will be receiving the first of several audits requested by the board soon after they took office in January, and the news will not be good.
A confidential draft copy of the audit of the Richmond Schools payroll department details a department that has no clue to the actual number of employees working for the school system, according to Richmond City Auditor, Umesh Dalal.
According to the audit, “RPS staff was not able to provide basic information such as the total number of RPS employees,” and there was a trend in using non-contract as well as "non-traditional" employees to fill vital functions, often without the knowledge or consent of the School Board.
The audit is the first of about three the new School Board requested in January, when 7 new members joined the 9 member board. The payroll audit covers an 18 month period, ending on Dec. 31, the last day of the old School Board's term. While the audit is still sealed, several people were willing to attest to its authenticity.
One of the biggest concerns is the use of contract employees. In fiscal year 2012, that ended on June 30, 2012, the school system used on average 1,037 contract employees every month. This added to the budgeted workforce of 3,888 full-time employees, bringing it up to almost 5,000.