A Post Audit Comittee Says USD 253 Could Save Money By Closing Charter School

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- The Kansas Legislative Post Audit Committee says the Emporia School District could save thousands of dollars by improving resource management and closing its charter school.

The Audit Committee said the biggest savings would come from putting the district Turning Point Academy Charter Cchool within existing school buildings or even closing the school.

That savings would put it between $260,000 and $600,000. The audit said operating a small school of 67 students costs some $1,400 more per student to operate.

Another key recommendation indicated a savings of $190,000 a year by cutting some 14 full time food service staff.

The report says the district has duplication of food service positions and some staff working more hours than necessary.

District Superintendent, Theresa Davidson wrote a response to the audit report indicating the district would make some immediate changes and evaluate the charter school program.