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State comptroller to audit Rochester City School District budget shortfall

James Brown

After numerous requests from local leaders, State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli’s office will examine the finances of the Rochester City School District. 

Board of Education President Van White announced last week that a routine audit of last school year’s budget showed that the district spent too much. White told WXXI News on Monday that progress reports from the district’s finance department did not show the discrepancy. 

A report from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says that the shortfall could be as much as $50 million. District Superintendent Terry Dade said that he has no plans for reducing staff to deal with that financial impact.

DiNapoli spokesperson Jennifer Freeman said in a statement Tuesday that DiNapoli’s auditors are scheduling a visit to Rochester.

“Given the serious nature of this matter, auditors will be redirected from other projects and will begin this work in early October,” said Freeman. “During the course of the audit, which will take several months to complete, the office will not comment on specifics."

James Brown is a reporter with WXXI News. James previously spent a decade in marketing communications, while freelance writing for CITY Newspaper. While at CITY, his reporting focused primarily on arts and entertainment.