Chicago schools spent $67K on cappuccino machines

CHICAGO (AP) - An inspector's report shows Chicago Public
Schools employees bent rules to spend $67,000 for espresso machines
that largely haven't been used.
The report shows the nation's third-largest district bought 30
cappuccino machines for a culinary arts program.
But several months after the purchases only three were in use,
though not for the program. One has disappeared and 22 hadn't even
been opened.
The report by school district inspector general Jim Sullivan
reveals employees separated the purchases to stay under $10,000 so
they wouldn't have to seek competitive bids or school board
approval.
A school official says one employee was fired and disciplinary
action is pending against three others.


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