Audit recommends change in school repair policy

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii Department of Education audit is critical of how the agency manages school repair and new construction.

The 69-page report by Deloitte & Touche says maintenance is hampered by a lack of staff and outdated policies.

The audit concludes that the inefficiencies have led to cost overruns on school projects and delays in using facilities.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports auditors say the Education Department appears to have adequate staffing to address Oahu schools but problems are apparent on neighboring islands.

Deloitte's Matt Wolfram told the Board of Education's Audit Committee that neighbor islands have had to draw money from pupil funding to pay for needed maintenance work.

Neighbor island facilities continue to be managed by the Department of Accounting and General Services, which auditors say is "insufficiently staffed."

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