Boston Schools Superintendent Responds To IRS Audit

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- After an IRS audit showed that some Boston Public Schools were using student activity fees to pay employees under the table, Superintendent Tommy Chang said the school department wants to be transparent about the issue.

Chang told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens that what the IRS uncovered in its audit is a practice that's been going on for years.

He says there's no malfeasance here--rather, it's an issue of school principals not appreciating the fact that school activity money should be used exclusively for school activities.

"There's no evidence that folks were trying to do anything improper," he said. "But now that principals are trained on it, we should not have any issues moving forward."

Chang said the process is going to stop.

"We were already being very proactive in training all our principals, doing a deep analysis of how these accounts were being used, and now we have very strong systems in place," Chang said. "I'm very, very confident that, moving forward, we should not have any problems."

The full IRS report will be available next week.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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