Audit Delayed

Oklahoma City, OK – State auditor delays release of Broken Arrow audit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage says he is delaying the release of a special audit of Broken Arrow Public Schools.

Burrage had planned to publicly release the audit on Thursday, but said Wednesday he has "serious concerns regarding the independence of the special auditor assigned to the audit."

Burrage says he was particularly concerned that a draft version of the audit was inappropriately released last week.

He says he plans to assign two different special auditors to conduct the audit, which will include compliance with the state's competitive bidding act.

Burrage said last month the audit has been under way for three years and its release has been delayed by lawsuits and other legal issues involving the northeastern Oklahoma school system.