Auditor criticizes Skiatook purchases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's chief auditor has released an investigative audit critical of the purchasing practices of Skiatook Public Schools.
Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage said Tuesday the audit found that the Tulsa County school district used a middleman to purchase janitorial supplies and security systems it could have purchased directly.
Burrage says the school paid $60 several times for $11 trash cans and $540 for three mop heads valued at $13.50. He says the district could have saved $564,000 had it purchased the items directly from suppliers.
Burrage says he hates to see taxpayer dollars squandered when they should be benefitting the children of Oklahoma.
The auditor says he has forwarded the audit to Attorney General Drew Edmondson's office to determine whether any laws were broken.

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