Former Mason City Superintendent Anita Micich remains in her position at Iowa State University in “good standing” after the findings of a recent state audit showed more than $2.2 million in improper disbursements under her leadership.
That’s what Annette Hacker, an Iowa State spokeswoman, said in a university statement emailed to the Globe Gazette.
“We are aware of the state audit report of Mason City schools ... She remains in that role in good standing,” the statement said.
Micich, who served as the Mason City and Clear Lake superintendent from 2008 to 2016, joined Iowa State University’s School of Education as a part-time lecturer in the spring of 2016 before later being hired as a full-time clinical assistant professor and fieldwork supervisor through an open search that same year.
According to Micich’s resume, she’s developed and taught about eight courses related to leadership and student learning at Iowa State.
One of the courses, “Current Issues in Site-Level Leadership,” discusses “essential tasks of building-level leadership and management in contemporary school settings,” while another, “Achieving Results Through Accountability Strategies,” is geared toward helping students understand “effective leadership theory and its applications for preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world.”
The “Maximizing Human Resources for Student Achievement: Negotiations Strand” course is described as: “Allocation of system resources to enhance student achievement; human resource development and negotiations; and coaching and evaluating the administrative team.”
The state audit, released in December, said $1.3 million of the total was related to salaries to 66 employees. The figures "exceeded the authorized salary calculated using the percentage increases approved by the (school board) and other monetary benefits."
Micich took in some $473,978 in improper salary and benefits from the period of July 2009 through August 2017, $230,429 of which was in "improper salary,” the report stated.
She was among 27 district individuals who were given more than $10,000 in “improper salary and benefits,” while 44 individuals received more than $1,000.
The report also stated Micich's resignation agreement contained $171,998 of "improper disbursements."
The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation is investigating the audit’s findings.
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