Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah

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Uintah River High, a charter school on the Ute reservation, has exceeded its budget by $23,000, the annual audit of the state's eight charter schools shows. Uintah River High, not part of the Uintah District, spent $23,135 more than the $220,00 it received from the state, the tribe and other sources. The state's 40 districts and eight charter schools must provide independent audits to the state Office of Education by Nov. 30 and financial reports by Oct. 1. The first financial statements filed by the charter schools show that some didn't properly account for some expenditures such as supplies and liability insurance. However, state Sen. David Steele, R-West Point, coordinator of program development and special services for the state education office, said the occasional late audit or mistake doesn't bother him since all eight charter schools are subject to intense scrutiny in addition to the independent audits. The independent audit to the Tuacahn High charter school is overdue by almost six months and it overspent its budget by about $40,000.