Hazelwood parents collect enough signatures to have state auditor look at district books

NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A major new development in the ongoing battle between Hazelwood School District Officials and school district parents.

Parents say they now have enough petition signature to get the Missouri State Auditor to come in and investigate the school district books to see if they're wasting taxpayer’s money.

Parents had been struggling to get 5,000 names they needed and they were way short, until yesterday.

They put volunteers at polling places on election day that included school buildings. They came away with 4,000 names on election day giving them more than enough names to get an audit done.

Parents launched the petition drive back in March after the school district announced cuts in band, orchestra, and gym. Officials said it was needed to reduce a cash shortfall. But parents were livid when the district moved to make cuts in programs for kids but kept six figure salaries for administrators.