Posted: Jun 12, 2013 6:35 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - The state Legislative Audit Division recently found more than 60 Montana school bus drivers have some sort of criminal history. We dug a little further into the state's transportation audit and found there are not only safety concerns but also some financial problems.
According to the audit there are a handful of cases where local school districts have been inaccurately reporting their bus mileage to the state. The state requires local school districts to track their bus mileage so they can reimburse them for each mile driven.
In one case, a school district claimed the bus drove more miles than it actually did. This resulted in the district repaying nearly $150,000 to the state. The audit uncovered there has been several districts that are misreporting bus mileage.
The Legislative Audit Division is recommending that the Office of Public Instruction install GPS tracking equipment in each bus so there can be no abuse of the mileage reimbursement program.
Tomorrow state lawmakers will hear a formal presentation of this audit.