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Resource ID: #17338
Subject: Schools
Source: San Francisco Examiner
Date: 2000-01-30



A San Francisco Examiner investigation explores a practice of questionable expenditures at the San Francisco Unified School District. The series focuses on the finding that "some San Francisco school custodians have doubled their salaries through overtime pay," charging the district for "answering" alarms that apparently never went off..." The investigation reveals that "the oversight may have cost millions over a number of years," as "the district failed to conduct the most basic oversight." It also shows a practice of boosting salaries through overtime among the schools' assistants and secretaries. Other parts of the series reveal that the district "has spent a half-million dollars over the last 10 years for a full-time sewing machines repair person, even though sewing programs had all but ended" and that the former chief financial officer of the school district has "collected nearly $ 40, 000 in compensatory and vacation time." The reporter details the school district's suits against those ex-workers who have inflated their wages or have been paid for work never done.

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