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Dist. 54 must bear blame for overpaying for bus service

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 8:56 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

On Dec. 21, 2012, the Morris Daily Herald ran an article entitled “District 54 overcharged for busing.”

The first paragraph of the article stated, “Morris Elementary School District 54 is being reimbursed about $226,000 it was overcharged by the previous leadership of Illinois Central School Bus.”

This statement seems to solely fault the previous leadership of Illinois Central School Bus, which the MDH names as Bruce Barr, later in the article.

We fail to understand how the overcharging of bus routes falls solely into the hands of the Illinois Central School Bus Company and Bruce Barr.

Additionally, we fail to see how District 54 lacks any ownership of this error. Why did it take the district four years to discover this error, and only after a so called “internal audit?”

This is a monthly payment made by District 54 to Illinois Central School Bus. With that being said, how do 48 erroneous invoices get approved for payment by District 54?

Where are the checks and balances of District 54? No one should pay an invoice without, first, knowing the services actually took place, and, second, whether the fees being charged and paid for are correct.

There are different ways to do so: packing slips, confirmation from the end user, and contracts. If the invoicing was wrong from the start, why was it not caught in a timely manner by District 54? Did they not know how many routes they were running?

One would think there must be a signed contract for a certain number of routes.  It is simple math: number of routes times amount per route equals.

The bottom line is District 54 should not be pointing their finger at Illinois Central School Bus to exclusively take the responsibility for this error as this article seems to do, because nowhere in the article does it mention any ownership taken by District 54.

Instead by remaining silent, it seems they deny any part pertaining to this huge financial error.

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