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West Mifflin School District Changes Policy After KD Investigation

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After KDKA reported on some questionable purchases on district credit cards, the West Mifflin School District is changing its policy.

The change comes at a time when the district is raising taxes to close the budget gap.

There were 43 cards issued to 43 employees.

In another report by KDKA, we showed you how credit card record revealed that school administrators charged hundreds of dollars every month at restaurants like Nakama, Lonestar Steakhouse and the Westwood Country Club.

In fact, in the past year, superintended Daniel Castagna charged the district $2,570 for meals at local restaurants.

"They had a $2 million deficit and they raised taxes by 4.3 mills and they're using taxpayer money to pay for these bills," said former board member Nick Alexandroff.

The school board says they have allowed administrators to charge meals in lieu of gas mileage when they need to stay late for board meetings or school events.

And now, former board president and current board member Judy Andzelik tells the Post-Gazette that she will ask the board to make that a formal policy at the next meeting.

However, KDKA found other questionable charges.

In June, a principal had a $27 charge at a Strip District night club and in October, a school maintenance worker charged $49 on his card at a West Mifflin beer distributor where owner Ralph Dolney says he only sells two things.

"Beer and cigars," he said. He also added that he sells ice.

But at this point, board members believe there are proper controls and oversight over the use of these cards.

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