The Ogden School District deserves credit for being ahead of the curve in its decision to end its association with the non-profit group Colors of Success. When the association was terminated last summer, there were public expressions of disapproval. However, a state audit has discovered allegations of improper disbursements and other dysfunctional business practices.
Colors of Success is an organization that the district used as its anti-gang program. When Ogden School District Superintendent Brad Smith ended its association, he mentioned that he made repeated attempts to obtain information on the program's effectiveness. However, according to Smith, the information was not provided.
The state audit, besides finding what it calls questionable disbursements that could lead to Colors of Success losing its non-profit status, cited allegations of improper bank reconciliation, poor documentation, and other procedures described as lax as reasons for the problems it discovered.
Organizations such as Color of Success have the potential to do a lot of good. However, their practices must meet with appropriate standards.
It is the responsibility of organizations that use these groups, such as Ogden School District, to make sure the taxpayers' money funding these programs is well spent. The Ogden School District showed itself to be a responsible steward by ending the troubled non-profit's association with the district. We appreciate the fiscal responsibility.