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Audit reveals some SCPA staff members didn't have background checks

Students protest the reassignment of their principal and artistic director on May 1 in front of The SCPA at 108 West Central Parkway. (Source: FOX19 NOW) Students protest the reassignment of their principal and artistic director on May 1 in front of The SCPA at 108 West Central Parkway. (Source: FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A recent audit report of the School for Creative and Performing Arts indicates that 20 of the 28 staff members had unsupervised access to students and did not have current background checks.

Through a public records request, FOX19 NOW obtained the December findings of an audit of the school. 

The audit reveals that seventy-one percent of the season supplemental staff had one-on-one unsupervised access to students and did not have current background check, which violates board policy. In addition, Artistic Director Dr. Isidore Rudnick decisively stated that they all indeed had valid background checks. 

According to the audit, the Principal Steve Brokamp's response to that was "lackadaisical," spending countless hours on reactively rectifying this.

The audit also states that SCPA got an emergency $45,000 loan from CPS, which was never put in writing, and that SCPA not only maxed out that credit card, they spent $5,000 above it.

Other money mismanagement included using an unauthorized card reader to accept credit card payments and cash from patrons to see the production "White Christmas" and cash deposits not placed in a locked cash box, the audit revealed.

Principal Brokamp and Artistic Director Dr. Rudnick were reassigned to new positions on May 1.

[Related: Superintendent: Decision to remove SCPA principal and artistic director not taken lightly]

After the announcement to remove Brokamp and Rudnick, students staged a protest by waving signs and chanting outside the school.

At least two dozen students participated in the protest. Some held posters reading “Reinstate Rudnick” and “Honk for Rudnick and Brokamp.”

Brokamp was appointed principal in 2011. Dr. Rudnick has been with the school since 2005.

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