Audit of special ed expenses requested

A special meeting between the boards of Selectmen and Finance is set for Thursday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. to discuss entering into a contract with McGladery LLP to conduct an audit of special education expenses submitted to the state.

On Oct. 25, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and Board of Finance Chairman Liz Mao were told that Sue Gamm, who the Board of Education hired to independently investigation the allegations against the Darien Public School's special education department, notified McGlardery LLP, the town's auditors, that there "may be errors in the reporting for special education expenses in submissions to the State of Connecticut for the Excess Cost Reimbursement Grant," according to a release issued Monday.

Board of Education Chairman Betsy Hagerty-Ross was also notified.

According to the release, Mao requested that conference call, which took place Monday, with the auditors and the Board of Finance's audit committee, as well as Hagerty-Ross, Stevenson and acting Superintendent Tim Canty.

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"Liz Mao and I acknowledge the serious financial implications this new information may have for our town," Stevenson said. "It's our mutual desire to immediately engage our auditors to detail the existence and extent of any reporting errors and to keep the public well informed."

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