Meeting Planned On Schools Chief

By Ian Shapira
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Prince William County School Board has scheduled a meeting for Monday to discuss Superintendent Steven L. Walts's previous tenure in New York and a recent audit alleging that he and his former administration mismanaged millions of dollars when he presided over the Greece Central School District.

Without mentioning Walts, an audit from the New York state comptroller's office says that top Greece school officials in early 2005 used about $2.5 million in unauthorized funds to help pay for building renovations and a high school performing arts center.

The audit, first disclosed this week in the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle, accuses then-members of the Greece Board of Education of "acquiescence to the demands and practices of a powerful Superintendent [that] resulted in a poor control environment in the District."

The audit says Greece school officials used money from the district's general fund toward those capital projects without the necessary voter approval, according to Joseph Moscato, a member of the Greece Board of Education.

Moscato added that Greece school officials this week contacted the state attorney general and the Monroe County district attorney's office to investigate.

Monday's meeting will be held in closed session, and School Board members declined to comment in detail.

Walts, who served as Greece superintendent from the late 1990s to July 2005, declined to comment through an assistant, citing the decision to hold Monday's meeting in private.

Prince William School Board members picked Walts in 2005 to succeed the late Edward L. Kelly, who held the job for 18 years.

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