Dayton Public Schools paid three teachers a combined $30,000 during the months after they resigned. A report from the state auditor’s office revealed it took the district eight months to realize the error in one case.
By that point, the teacher had received $16,000 in unearned salary. A former assistant principal was also paid over $1,000 for days he did not work.
The district tried to offset losses by withholding other payments to the teachers affected and requesting pension contribution refunds. The state auditor is now seeking to recover the remaining money, roughly $22,000, from the four former employees involved in the incident. So far, only one has returned any of the money received in error.
Board treasurer Hiwot Abraha will be also be held liable for the missing funds, as she oversaw the accounts involved in the case.
In a statement, Auditor Dave Yost called for “stronger internal controls” in the district and accused the Abraha’s office of negligence.
Dayton Public Schools did not respond to requests for comment by press time.