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Oskaloosa superintendent suspended

November 22, 2005

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— The Oskaloosa school board meets tonight to name a temporary school superintendent to take over for Loren Lutes, who was suspended with pay last week.

The suspension was based on a lack of information provided to a firm that was conducting an annual district audit, said David Shriver, an attorney with the Kansas Association of School Boards.

"There's no indication at this point of any wrongdoing," Shriver said Monday. "There's some concern that some information was not being located in a timely manner."

Shriver said he was looking into some issues concerning the matter and that it was possible another auditing firm would be called in to try to locate some information. He declined to elaborate.

All public school districts are required by state law to have an annual financial audit and it is generally supposed to be completed by the start of the school year, Shriver said.

School board president Roy Artman and member Daryl Chess referred questions to Shriver. Chess did say the suspension was made during a board meeting Thursday.

A statement was issued by the board saying only that the suspension was based on information that came to the board's attention since the first of the year. It says that the board will obtain the services of a temporary superintendent.

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