Credit card scandal prompts questions of controls over school spending
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WILTON – For many taxpayers around the region, a spending scandal in the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School District this year left them with a question: Could this happen in my town?

In the wake of the incident, which led to the resignation of Superintendent Trevor Ebel after an auditor’s report found district credit cards were used to purchase thousands of dollars worth of restaurant meals, alcohol and expensive hotel rooms at out-of-state conferences, many districts around the region reviewed their spending practices and policies restricting credit card usage.

And while the school systems agreed that their practices were enough to protect taxpayers against abuses, there is little state or federal guidance when it comes to what is an appropriate price for travel or out-of-town meals.

Ebel charged nearly $ 2,000 in inappropriate purchases on the School District’s credit card in 2010-11. He also took cash advances from the district, knowingly violating district policy, according to minutes of an April 24 School Board meeting. The district credit card was in Ebel’s name and kept in his possession. After the audit report, Ebel repaid the district for some of the charges.

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