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TPS to undergo performance audit

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For the first time in 14 years, the Toledo Public School district will have a performance audit.  The goal is to help the district operate better and save a significant amount of cash.

TPS board member, Cecelia Adams said, "We're hoping to save the district millions, I don't know if we can do that or not, but we'd be happy with thousands."

Tuesday, board members unanimously approved the resolution.  Now, Evergreen Solutions LLC. will do a comprehensive review of the district's finances and programs looking for ways to make them better.

Adams said, "I think, perhaps, there maybe some fat out there that we haven't trimmed yet."

John McAvoy, with the Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition has been working closely with the finance committee to get the ball rolling.  He's also been calling for TPS to do an audit since before they put a levy on the November ballot.  He calls this a great opportunity but says it won't be easy.

"These are painful.  I'm a business man and we do this every couple of years and they come in and rake you over the coals," he told 13abc.

He believes the audit will do one of two things: either uncover huge savings, which will save taxpayers from having to support a levy.  Or, it will show the district's families how the money is being spent, possibly making them more likely to say yes to new money.

The audit is set to start almost immediately and should wrap up in three months.  Once all is said and done the company will make recommendations.

"This is going to be a leaner, meaner machine once we're done," McAvoy said.

The audit will cost $150,000.  The district hopes to have results by April.

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