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Published: Wednesday, March 14 2012 12:38 p.m. MDT

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oldtimeftballer
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

VIDAR
Murray, UT

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.

LivinLarge
Bountiful, UT

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 funds.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

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.

Chase
Saint George, UT

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.

kiaoraguy
Provo, UT

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 school?

worf
Mcallen, TX

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.

Instereo
Eureka, UT

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 problems.

Cherilyn Eagar
Holladay, UT

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.

TruthBTold
SLC, UT

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 interest story.

williary
Kearns, UT

@Cherylin Eagar
Wow. 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 Âmath errors, or submitting the wrong paperwork. As an auditor myself, there are some very serious details in these findings. The ÂAsk for permission later 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.

MOMS
Salt Lake City, UT

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. 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.

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

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.

MOMS
Salt Lake City, UT

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 Âreimbursed 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

baddog
Cedar Rapids, IA

@MOMS

Audits 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.

Jonathan Eddy
Payson, UT

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.

Straitpath
PROVO, UT

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.

Schwa
South Jordan, UT

Utah County corruption? Say it ain't so!

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