MO auditor's office threatens subpoenas

SPRINGFIELD, MO (AP) - The Missouri auditor's office says it had to threaten legal action against Springfield Public Schools to get documents from the district.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that Chief Litigation Counsel Darrell Moore sent a letter threatening subpoenas this past week. Moore says "auditors are feeling frustrated."

District spokeswoman Teresa Bledsoe says the district quickly complied with the request. In at least one instance the district has asked for proof the auditors had the authority to see documents that were sought.

Board President Tom Prater says the district has asked its legal counsel to look at the matter and ensure there are no compliance issues.

A taxpayer coalition collected signatures to compel the state to look into the district's books. The audit started this past fall.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader,

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