The Newport-Mesa school board received its annual independent auditor’s report Tuesday, this year conducted by third-party company Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co. LLP.
The company credited the board for maintaining specialized programs and services despite a reduction in state funding.
The district dipped into its general fund significantly, $21.8 million worth, to fund special education in the district.
That’s nearly 60% more in expenses than the district is allocated for special education funding. The state average is 15% to 25%.
The district also spent $5.1 million more for transportation than budgeted.
According to the audit report, the district needs more state aid, but in the case of special education, does not qualify for it.