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January 26, 2007


Guadalupe B

This topic has really irritated me since it started to come to light last year. It is really amazing to me how much money was even allowed to be granted on these credited cards. Why do they need them anyway? I mean we're talking about office personel. Even in my daughter's girl scout troop the leader has to account for every penny the girls bring in. Also, if this is the type of money the "little" people in DISD are spending, what must the administrators be spending? There is something seriously wrong within the district when an outside sorce has to find wrong doing. As for Gloria Orapello and everyone else who is found guilty of similar charges, I think they should be thrown in jail. After losing their jobs their going to be blacklisted anyway and will never be able to payback those obsene amounts of money, so make them an example to all. That is the only way this school district is going to improve. If we are to expect the best of our kids, then we must exhibit the best from ourselves. Maybe DISD should start with a spelling lesson....can anyone spell INTEGRITY!

Dennis Elam

Great Post Guadalupe! Indeed the DMN has been all over DISD as you say since last year. I will do some research on who is doing the external audit. As you say, the newspaper should not be the internal audit dept for DISD!


Jason Raper

And we wonder why there are 3 signatures needed just to get a check request for expenses at our company? It is amazing that this went unnoticed for so long. However, it does not surprise me.

All we seem to hear is that there are no funds to pay teachers higher wages; no funds for computers; no abilty to lower school lunch prices. I guess we know where the funding is going.

DISD represents all of the inner city schools in the Dallas area. From the looks of these schools, they can't take this kind of hit to their budget. They look so underfunded it almost makes you feel sad for the children who have only this to attend.

My personal opinion is that they make all of the employees involved in the scandal go to jail. As their punishment....spend all day long as the maintenance crew for each of these schools and clean them up! It also disturbs me that the district is going to have to spend an extra $500,000 just to investigate further. What a waste of education dollars. Lead by example not by temptation.


I am amazed that it took three years to finally figure out that nearly $400,000 of the districts money was being used for shopping sprees. Where are the internal auditors? Where were the internal controls that were supposed to prevent this? Better yet, why doesn't the school have a forensic accountant on the payroll? I think if employees are just aware that their actions are being watched and there is a possibility of being caught, employees such as Gloria Orapello wouldn't be so carefree about spending the taxpayers money. She should go to jail, she committed a crime. I think we could all agree that many criminals regret their choices. But she should still pay her debt to society. As far as the $500,000 goes, that money would be better spent getting a forensic accountant in the district to do random audits.

Pragya Sitoula

Being an international student, when I compared the business in my country (Nepal) and in USA, I found similarities in everything. Ethical and moral values provide a base to society on how to function, live and work within the society. Accounting firms have come to see auditing not as a governmental mandate and matter of public trust, but rather as an opportunity to gain consulting and other business fees from the very management they work with. Today, almost anything goes in the business world; we need to find real ethical systems to enforce. We need to investigate our sense of right and wrong in the business world. So, in my understanding about the issue of “Gloria Orapello”, she did commit a crime but she got chance to commit the crime from the environment she is living with. Before punishing the criminal we need to find the actual root from where the crime starts, though it’s impossible. But it’s not a bad idea to TRY!!!!!!

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