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8/22/2014 8:18:00 AM
State fines DePue $243K; District says regional superintendents are responsible

Kim Shute
Bureau County Reporter

DEPUE — DePue School has learned from the state board of education that the district will be responsible for paying fines of about $243,000 for money that was allegedly misused as part of the $4.7 million dollars earmarked for a School Improvement Grant starting in August 2010.

In part, the state alleges some of the money that was to be used for school improvements at the high school was used at the elementary level. The district has maintained the position that the expenditures were approved during audits and the district was not responsible for any money that was incorrectly allocated.

District superintendent Randy Otto informed the board that the district had received a letter from the state board requiring repayment of $243,000 due within 15 months. The first $205,000 will be due by the end of the 2015 fiscal year.

The letter also has been sent to the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, said Otto, because “the district believes the IARSS is responsible for the fines as a result of its inefficiency as lead partner for the SIG grant.”

Otto, in detailing the district’s proposed FY15 budget, urged the board to be optimistic that some, if not all of the fines will be picked up by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools.

Donation for students: Otto thanked Richard and Ruth Brown on behalf of the board for donating six boxes of school supplies to students in need.

Company sponsors field trip: Exxon Mobil will sponsor a trip in October for students and their families to visit the Mexican Museum in Chicago. Otto said addional details will be provided at September’s board meeting.

Kim Shute can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or

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