WPR News
9:04 pm
Tue November 16, 2004

Auditor: Education Department Violated State Statutes

Laramie, Wy – State Auditor, Max Maxfield, says an investigation shows the Department of Education violated Wyoming statutes.
Maxfield says this happened when the Department of Ed entered into an invalid contract with the Riverton school district and bought several things without taking bids. He says this is appropriate if the purchase is for less than 75-hundred dollars, but the department made one purchase of an item that cost $15,000, but paid for it in three invoices of $5,000 that were sent out in one day.
Maxfield says the Department of Ed also paid for an elevator in the Riverton high school, when the contract stated the local district was supposed to pay for it.
An official with the Department of Education says they are working to correct the mistakes.