A final New York comptroller audit naming Steven L. Walts is clear: The Greece-turned-Prince William school superintendent helped oversee a $119.5 million voter-approved capital improvements plan that was replete with poor fiscal management, waste and abuse.
Walts assumed his superintendent position in Prince William on July 1, 2005, following a seven-year stint performing the same for the Greece Central School District in Greece, N.Y. Earlier this year, that state’s comptroller completed a 33-page preliminary report citing “waste and abuse” that had occurred in part under Walts’ tenure dealing with specific projects.
The final audit, a 66-page document released Friday and posted on the state comptroller’s Web site, did not differ dramatically from a February preliminary assessment that suggested wrongdoing on the part of past Greece School Board members and former administrative officials. (from here)
With local papers finally picking up the story, the School Board now has to make a decision. Do they support Walts or do they replace him? The middle ground will not do. Without the confidence of the School Board, Walts will almost certainly be ineffective.