‘Miscommunication’ resulted in district reporting scam
Last week the Washington Community School District (WCSD) notified people in the Washington community that there were two fundraising scams happening. However, this wasn’t quite the case.
As reported to The Journal by WCSD Superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen in the May 2 edition, one caller was from Texas and they were soliciting sponsors for T-shirt sales. The other was selling magnets for Stewart Elementary School.
Jorgensen found out later that both fundraisers were from groups within the district, but the district’s fundraising policy wasn’t followed correctly.
“Our policy is to have fundraisers approved by the school building administrator and the central office,” Jorgensen said. “In the future we are going to be making sure people are following the guidelines.”
Neither the building administrator nor the central office was notified about these two fundraisers. Jorgensen wouldn’t identify who didn’t follow the policy.
There is a plan to educate the different boosters and activity sponsors in the district about the fundraising policy.
“We are going to meet with our activity sponsors and the boosters this summer to re-emphasize our fundraising policy,” Jorgensen said. “We’re also going to co-ordinate better with them so the local businesses don’t get bombarded from outside vendors.”