Audit critical of Henrico school laptop initiative

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A newly completed audit of the Henrico County Public Schools Laptop Initiative reveals unbudgeted spending to be the top concern on a list of 28 "findings."

The audit, dated June 30, examined the fiscal year 2008-2009 and was designed to determine if the initiative is running cost efficiently and effectively.

According to the audit's Executive Summary, the Laptop Assistance Program (LAP) spent $123,560 in unbudgeted money. The LAP helps financially strapped students pay the $50 usage fee for their computers.

In addition, HCPS spent $14,358 on middle school laptop damages beyond repair, according to the summary. It also makes mention of insufficient record-keeping and possible access to obscene images.

Nine years ago, HCPS implemented a multi-million dollar program to provide, annually, every secondary school student and teachers with a laptop computer.

The audit will be among several items presented to the School Board at a public work session Thursday. It begins at 2:00pm at the Glen Echo Building, 3810 Nine Mile Road.

In a statement, Ed Buzzelli, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, said, "The administration looks forward to reviewing the findings of the audit and using the information and data to assure that the laptop initiative is as effective and efficient as possible."

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