Steel Valley school board members are debating whether to pay $1,950 of the bill for an audit of the former Steel Valley Foundation for Education.
At Monday's workshop meeting, auditor Betsy Krisher of accounting firm Maher Duessel said the company will not release the school district's 2012-13 audit because the bill for the foundation's audit has not been paid in full.
Maher Duessel performed the foundation audit as part of the school district’s audit, and the foundation hasn’t paid $1,950 of its bill, she said.
School directors have said they do not want to pay expenses of the former Steel Valley Foundation, since it is a separate entity from the district.
The education foundation, the recipient of $8.7 million from Homestead native and Intuit chairman of the board Bill Campbell, lost its tax-exempt status on May 15, 2010, after 10 years of operation. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the status was revoked because the foundation failed to file an annual 990 form for three consecutive years.
“I don’t like paying for things the district is not supposed to pay for,” school Director Mike Terrick said.
Mr. Terrick read from the board’s Jan. 17 confidential update from Steel Valley superintendent Ed Wehrer.
Mr. Wehrer wrote, “Maher Duessel put together tax returns last year for 2007 through 2012 for Steel Valley Foundation for Education. The foundation paid for half of their work, but now is out of money. I spoke to [former school board member and foundation president] Joe Ducar and he informed me that Bill Campbell is not willing to give the foundation or the district any more money at this time. Maher Duessel was owed $1,950, and they will not release our 2012-2013 audit until they are paid for their work with the foundation.”
In October, Mr. Ducar said he, Mr. Campbell and Mr. Campbell's son, James Campbell, were concentrating on the work of a new charitable foundation that would donate funds for projects in the Steel Valley area.
Mr. Terrick said Ms. Krisher should have checked to see whether the foundation still had nonprofit status and was financially viable before doing accounting work for the former nonprofit.
“You can’t pay bills that are not expenses of the district,” Mr. Terrick said.
No decision was made Monday on what to do about the unpaid $1,950. Solicitor Donald Fetzko said he and the board will have to figure out what to do about the unpaid bill for the foundation's audit.
In other business, Mr. Terrick said the district has decided not to buy a small apartment building next to Barrett Elementary School in order to tear it down and create additional parking space.
He said the presence of asbestos in the building would have made demolition prohibitively expensive.
Anne Cloonan, freelance writer: email@example.com.