Note: Based upon a statement by the Board of Education president, a previous version of this article erroneously stated that the woman had been arrested.

A woman was removed from Wednesday night's Board of Education meeting, but not before the Board was presented with the results of a financial audit of the 2022-23 school year and a Corrective Action Plan.

The report found payroll discrepancies, inaccurate and inconsistent accounting, and contracts potentially issued improperly.

There were a total of 17 findings in the audit, down from the last audit’s 23 findings. “It’s more about the magnitude of a finding and not the number of findings,” said Jeffrey Bliss, Public School Accountant from Lerch, Vinci & Bliss, who gave the presentation.

The audit found that one vendor was paid above the ‘bid threshold.' There were other contracts that exceeded the threshold without a Board vote or documentation approving the process.

The audit also found discrepancies with payroll account management, failures to certify payroll ledgers, and purchase orders that remained improperly open at the end of the fiscal year.

The auditors recommended that the district make a full accounting of unused sick and vacation pay for every employee and that it make calculations for its self-insured workers’ compensation plan, which is an estimate of expected claims that have not been formally reported.

According to the audit, the district has not reviewed, disputed, or paid any unemployment claims in more than four years. The audit estimates that the district’s liability for unemployment claims is $2 million on the books, plus $3.2 million for additional claims.

There were also discrepancies of special education students whose IEPs failed to note their transportation requirements or special needs.

The auditors recommended that the district create a detailed physical accounting of its $480 million in capital assets. Bliss noted that this would be a significant undertaking to establish, likely needing an independent appraiser to inventory and evaluate the assets. But, once a system is established, it would be easy to maintain for future purchases.

Acting Business Administrator Dr. Dennis Frohnapfel blamed many of the failures on previous administrations, before he assumed his position in 2022.

He said, “I walked into one big black hole and we’re just beginning to see the light here for seven years of gross mismanagement and malfeasance.”

Trustee Christopher Tisdale countered that “This has nothing to do with somebody who has not been in the district for two years. And what I would really like all of us to do is to take accountability for what it is we’re doing here.”

Toward the end of the meeting, a member of the public removed after refusing to obey Board President Dejon Morris's order to leave. Morris had ordered the room cleared after several audience outbursts. “The audience will be in order” Morris had shouted, while banging his gavel. When the shouting began again, Morris said “security just clear the room.” Thirteen minutes of back and forth between Morris, the Board's attorney and the audience member ensued, culminating with the woman's removal.

Trustee Younass Barkouch criticized Morris’s actions, saying, “She has every right to be upset. You cleared the room because one person had an outburst. Now we have a disruption because of this.”

Ryan Kilkenny was born and raised in New York. He graduated with a BS from Tulane University and a JD from Rutgers Law School. Ryan worked as an attorney for almost two years before switching careers and...