State Audit Outlines Woodland Hill School District Safety Concerns

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale finds policies older than district itself

Joe DeStio
July 18, 2018 - 7:15 pm
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (NewRadio 1020 KDKA) – Safety issues in the Woodland Hills School District are detailed in a new state audit.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says Woodland Hills allowed working agreements with six local police departments to expire and failed to update safety policies.

The report found all district safety policies were over 20-years-old. One of which was 35 years old– older than the district itself. DePasquale says they most likely adopted another policy when the district was created.

“So let me put this in perspective: none of the policies – none of them – on school district safety have been updated since before the shooting at Columbine High School,” DePasquale said in a Wednesday press conference. “Think how much the world has changed since Columbine. But the safety policies at Woodland Hills remain the same.”  

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says nine behavior specialists were not certified.

“These are critical positions and technical positions. And to not have these certifications is literally mind-numbing,” DePasqaule said.

DePasquale says the district also needs to implement a procedure for investigating bullying.
 

Jennifer Bloodworth contributed to this article. 

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