State audit: Spackenkill paid $1 million for professional services without seeking competition

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TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – The Spackenkill Union Free School District paid six professional service providers $987,305 without seeking competition, an audit by the state comptroller’s office found.

That represents at least 60 percent of the total paid to professional service providers during the audit period.

The audit also found that the school district paid a professional service provider $273,551 without a written service agreement.

It also learned the district last sought competition for district insurance policies in 2012, more than nine years ago while the insurance should have been competitively bid every three years.

The state report recommended that the board of education should ensure professional services are completely procured and in compliance with district policy, and that they enter into written agreements.

District officials generally agreed with the state findings and indicated they plan to initiate corrective action.