BY BUDDY NEVINS
Thousands of dollars is unaccounted from admissions, parking and concession money at Broward School’s football games.
“This is a lot of money we’re talking about,” said School Board member Donna Korn when presented with an audit report this week.
The September and October 2012 audits bring back memories of my youth.
One of my father’s businesses was outdoors amusements. The shortcomings found in the audit were common money skimming tricks used by the carnies and ticket takers. The front office where my father worked was always trying to catch them.
One time my brother had a summer job as a ticket taker at the Fun House. About an hour into his first workday, the ticket seller bawled him out.
My brother was tearing the tickets in half like he was supposed to do. The ticket seller wanted him to not tear every ticket. He wanted to leave them whole so he could sell them again, promising to split the proceeds with my brother.
What auditors found going on at football games are the oldest ruses in the outdoors amusements.
Here are some of the findings from the audit report:
*Admission ”tickets were not torn in half by ticket takers at four football games, but placed whole in the collection bags…This creates the potential for re-sale of unaccountable tickets.”
*Booster clubs at many schools ran the concession stands. There was no requirement that “the booster clubs report the amount of money collected to the school.”
*There was no agreements at many schools which required booster clubs to outline how they would use the concession money.
*Booster clubs were allowed to collect money for parking on public high schools during games. “Cash handling was largely uncontrolled, and tickets or other receipting measures were not used at nine locations.”
*Cars were approached by individuals asking for different amounts of money at the same game.
*”Most schools” had no agreement with the booster clubs on how the money was being used.
All these findings violated existing School Board policies. Athletic directors, principals and booster club officials disobey policy and thousands of dollars have been mishandled.
When somebody was found to be mishandling money in the outdoors amusements business, they were fired.
The school system?
Nothing is really being done, except a promise to “train” school personnel in the future about following proper procedures.
The system’s chief Athletic Director Damian Huttenhof, a bureaucrat who has been around the schools forever, tried to excuse the mismanaged money. He said it was only a few schools.
Korn wasn’t buying it.
“We fall short on so many different parts,” she said. “…This is really disturbing to me.”
She said it was not acceptable to say, “We’ll just do better in the future.”
But guess how this week’s School Board meeting ended?
Not the way Korn wanted it to.
Bureaucrats promised to just do better with football game money in the future.
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