Football coach suspended
Utah County corruption? Say it ain't so!
I work for a corporation and I am an honest person. I will print copies and not
report the printing costs but I will not submit expense reports wherein I could
be reimbursed. I keep a tally in my own mind and the corporation comes out
ahead almost always. This is just for ease in living everyday life. I am
willing to wager that is the case with many of these issues.
Wong's biggest mistake is the corporation he chose to work for when implementing
this method of accounting. He would be better served under the
employment of the Federal Reserve or Department of Defense where audits are non
existent and the public is too uneducated to care.
@MOMSAudits look for conformance to rules. regulations and laws.
They also look for nonconformances. An auditor worth salt identifies those areas
that have questions. There may be reasonable explanations. There may be
none.That's why further investigation is necessary -- to find
explanation for those questionable items if possible. The story seems to
indicate some type of illegal activities. There may not be. The report was
written from one person's frame of reference. There are, obviously, other
viewpoints.But on the face of it, it looks like the school district
did apply due diligence on financial oversight for smaller progams and funds.
That isn't an excuse for those who might have done something amiss, but it does
show possible need for better leadership at the administration level.Trust is only as good as the oversight placed on it, it seems.
Ricardo, you must not be aware that there is an audit of the school every year.
If there had been no receipt, that fact would have turned up in the prior audit.
It appears Mrs. Bayless paid for something for the school, was
ÂreimbursedÂ and is now being made to look bad by a half truth in a
sloppy audit. There will be a receipt. Your comment exemplifies the reaction
intended by this Âaudit.Â
Are you serious MOMS. This is exactly what an audit is meant to do - discover
things that were wrong or not properly document. If Mrs. Bayles was owed money
then there should exist receipts with explanations.
It certainly seems that an auditor should know that a reimbursement to George
Bayles' wife means she was owed money by the District. It looks like she paid
for some District expenditures and then was, as the auditor said,
Âreimbursed.Â Unfortunately, despite the facts, the audit is written
as if George Bayles did something criminal. Shame on them. This appears to be a
rather hurried and sloppy job.
@Cherylin EagarWow. Lets blame the system in place to stop corruption,
not the individuals performing the corruption? Seriously? These are probably
all fine human beings, who have contributed much to society and their
students/players, but these arenÂt just ÂmathÂ errors, or
submitting the wrong paperwork. As an auditor myself, there are some very
serious details in these findings. The ÂAsk for permission laterÂ
approach doesnÂt work with tax payers money. If anything, you error on the
side of caution. You make more notations and documentation for anything that
could at all be seen as questionable. ThatÂs just common sense.
Where there's smoke there's fire. Last October was the smoke, and many
high-profile parents and supporters wanted to just dismiss it; now there'e a
fire---what are they going to do tonight?I could care less if this
is "petty stuff" or "not a big deal" as some have noted; but I
do care that these entities are messing with my hard-earned, tax-payer money.
And whether or not it turns out that some of these were a misappropriation of
fund-raising monies only; it's still a misappropriation by a public employee.
Regardless of how it might hurt a particular sports program--the proper tone
must be set and the responsible individuals properly disciplined--including let
go if needs be.This is not a sports story, as much as it is a public
A bureaucratic system nurtures abuse. I don't know enough about all the
details, but I'm saddened to hear about this situation. Coach Wong was a
terrific coach and an amazing mentor for my son, helping him not only on the
field, but off the field with character development and leadership training. He
went the extra mile to help my son organize and carry out his Eagle Project
several years ago.
It sounds like the district is taking it's responsibilities seriously. The coach
should be fired because it appears to have been a pattern of behavior that went
around a loose system. The Principal and Assistant Principals should at minimum
get some remediation on financial policies and procedures. And the district
should tighten up it's auditing practices. It shouldn't bring down the whole
system, only the coach but they system should respond and make sure they fix the
This sort of thing occurs in many schools, and frequently with out of town in
services. Beside standardized testing, and free meals, this is another reason
why schools are in need of extra funding.
Close the school? Seriously, that's a response? Yeah, let's just ignore the
other great programs that are amongst the best in the state, the uber fine
teachers, the excellent AP programs, the wonderful student lead special needs
classes...some real cleansing needs to take place for sure, but close the
Its funny how folks throw a gasket when a story like this comes to light.What about our state and federal leaders? What about non-profit
organizations. They both blow infinitely more money; it's easy. What about
them? What about the outrage there? I'm not excusing Wong or THS.Let's keep it all in perspective folks. You can't strain at a gnat while
swallowing a camel.You really want to be upset about something and
make a difference, hold your elected leaders accountable. One-term limits. Cut
down on the corruption. This is Peewee stuff.
Aw.....it's just a few dollars here and a few dollars there. Surely the tax
payers will make up the difference like they did when the DAVIS School District
got ripped off for tens of millions in a book scandal, only to raise property
taxes the last two years in a row, at about 10% per year. No District Employees
were ever shown the door and the guilty party was "placed on probation."
Crime indeed does seem to pay, if performed in a school district in Utah.
These folks better find good criminal legal representation. A principal in
California just went to prison for embezzlement of a little over $4,000 in PTA
I hope that the high school is not still displaying their state trophies. They
need to give them back. What does it teach the kids if their coach cheats and
they still get to say they are state champs?Or we could put an * by each
record.The coach should have to personally hand them back to the state in
front of cameras; if his players want to show up and help; it would show some
character on their part.
Sounds to me if they fire Wong, then they all need to be fired. I read the
report, and it listed volleyball, cheerleading, men's soccer and band.Scrap the whole system. Fire the Principal and Assistan Principle also for
signing off on them. If they OK'd them, then they are just as if not more
responsible.Provo School District hasn't done a thing to help but
point fingers. Fire those incompetent people also. " unresolved and
reported to them last October"...Close the school. Blend them with Provo HS and make it a 5A school. They are all incompetent
down there, and it starts at the PSD top.