The Walsh County School Reorganization Committee Friday morning
approved a motion in which the Adams School Board entered a joint powers
agreement with the City of Adams.
The motion that passed unanimously approved money the Adams
School Board spent in that JPA to help fund improvements to the Adams
City Auditorium. The amount approved as a spending cap was
That action by Adams drew complaints from Park River's School
Board because Adams is reorganizing with Park River to form the Park River
Area School District, July first.
Park River was concerned Adams was depleting its resources and
money so that it won't have any money or resources to turn over to the new
Reorganization Committee Chairman Joe Bata(BAH-tah) went through
Adams's financial records and said the 100-thousand-dollars in that JPA with
the City of Adams was funded through carryover money. That is legal.
Any further spending contracts that would affect the two schools'
reorganization by either the Adams or Park River School Boards would need
approval by the Walsh County Reorganization Committee up until July first.
At that time, the new school district becomes effective.
Former Adams School Board member Jeff Boe told Bata during
Friday morning's meeting that in the future, school reorganization plans should
be more specific. Boe says the Adams Park River school reorganization plan
is vague. Boe said a two-year-old could've written this plan.
The Walsh County State's Attorney's office has asked the State Attorney
General to investigate Adams's school district spending prior to the reorganization
taking effect, alleging that spending is illegal.