Hazelwood parents collect thousands of signatures for audit of school district

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NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLKR) - Parents in the Hazelwood School District have collected thousands of signatures to bring in the Missouri State Auditor to go over the district finances to look for questionable spending.  Hazelwood Superintendent Ingrid Clark-Jackson, who had announced before the uproar, is stepping down as of June 1st.

The You Paid For It Team headed back to the Hazelwood School District after our dramatic confrontation a few weeks ago when we tried to question the head of the school board Desiree Whitlock.

Parents have collected 2,000 of the 5,000 signatures they need to get the Audit. They have also been meeting with school district officials, but the district has refused to abandon the unpopular cuts to band, orchestra and gym that have upset parents so much they enlisted help from a higher power.

Representative Keith English says he's poured thru the budget and found many examples of questionable spending, such as $80,000 being cut for student’s field trips while $45,000 was used to pay for meals for board members at meetings was kept in the budget. He's calling on Whitlock to step down