But refusing to sign the agreement meant WVW was no longer a “member” of the JOC and thus had to pay a higher “non-member” tuition for each student, a situation that lasted for more than two years. The auditor general report contends the district spent $1,159,331 more in tuition than it would have spent if it had been a member.
The report also notes that the board voted to sign the agreement in June 2010 for one year only, but that the time limitation was not relayed in writing to the JOC and the JOC ultimately rejected WVW's return to the fold. The confusion was not cleared up until January 2011, when the WVW board voted to return to the center JOC retroactive to July 1, 2010.
“While I am pleased to note that Wyoming Valley West School District is once again a member of the career center and is no longer paying the higher non-resident tuition, it is distressing that taxpayers are out more than $1 million that could have been better used in the district's classrooms,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a press release.