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RISD 2018-19 audit notes disposal of turf

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The Roswell Independent School District school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to accept the 2018-2019 audit report, which included a disclosure statement regarding the controversial distribution of used turf from the Wool Bowl in July.

No mention of the incident was made by either Paul Garcia, CPA with Carr, Riggs and Ingram, who reported on the audit Tuesday night, nor the board and administration. They did highlight that the audit received an “unmodified opinion.”

“That’s the best opinion you can get in terms of an audit. There were no material weaknesses identified. There were no significant deficiencies identified,” said Chad Cole, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, in introducing the audit.

The audit covers the 2019 fiscal year, which ended June 30. The removal of the turf occurred in July, but was included in the notes section of the audit, which can be viewed at the website of the Office of the New Mexico State Auditor.

On page 93 of the document, under a subhead of “Subsequent Events,” the audit outlines the events of July in which RISD contracted to remove, replace and dispose of artificial turf from the Wool Bowl Football Stadium through a vendor service agreement and approved purchase order.

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“The district’s approved Wool Bowl Football Stadium track and field surface replacement services vendor reportedly removed and provided rolled artificial playing surface field turf to the possession of community members and passers-by, which included key administrative personnel of the district, from the Wool Bowl Stadium job site’s parking area,” the audit says.

Those key administrative personnel included then-Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy. She resigned in January.

The improper disposal of the turf was brought to the board’s attention by Orlando Padilla, a retired educator, at the Aug. 13 school board meeting. 

The audit notes that on Aug. 14, “the district self-reported the described non-compliance incident” to its independent public accountants, the Office of the State Auditor of New Mexico and the board.

“Additionally, certain portions of the total 97,500 square feet of removed, replaced and distributed Wool Bowl Stadium artificial turf were properly recorded and transferred, as demonstrated by recorded school district work order, to the district’s secure obsolete inventory auction facility, area high schools and by District Maintenance Department delivery of approved, reported and accepted donation of real property,” as of Sept. 11, the audit states.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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