This is difficult to understand: the payroll of Hamburg's Administration exceeds $1 million and they continue to get pay increases despite their incompetence. I was researching the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) distributions to Hamburg Central School District [click here for distributions] and while I applaud the District for going after State and Federal funds, I do not condone the misappropriation of funds and lack of legal understanding. Specifically, the District had its hand slapped with regard to ARRA – ESF (Economic Stabilization Funds). New York State Education Department (NYSED) audit [click here for audit] concluded that the District did not comply with Federal Grant Requirements because the District
- Had no process in place to certify time and efforts for employees who are paid from federal grants other than ARRA – ESF.
- Was unaware of these [cash management] requirements and did not have a process for ensuring compliance with federal requirements.
- Showed ending deficit balances which have been covered by transfers from the general fund.