“We clearly understand it is not an acceptable practice going forward,” McBride said.
He also used the credit card for a personal purchase for $445, the report said. The purchase was not identified by the district as a personal purchase, the report said.
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The use of the credit card for the $445 purchase was at a silent auction at an Ohio High School Athletic Association Conference when McBride said he mistakenly used the district card instead of his own to buy motivational posters now on display at a district facility after he donated them, McBride said. The two credit cards looked alike, he said, adding, “I thought it was mine and was not aware it was the school credit card.” Once the mistake was discovered, the district reported it to auditors, he said.
The audit covered the period of July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2019.
“The district should establish and implement procedures to verify that all purchases serve a proper public purpose and that district credit cards are used only for district-related purchases. Additionally, the district should consider modifying the existing recognition policy to require approval, by an appropriate district employee or official, of any purchase made by the superintendent if the purchase falls under this policy,” the audit report from the office of state Auditor Keith Faber said.