In the wake of Scott Weiner’s “retirement” as CEO of the Schools Development Authority, State Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri has been tapped to head this scandal-ridden juggernaut with a budget of $12.5 billion.
Kolluri will now be responsible for supervising the construction projects in the Districts-Formerly-Known-as-Abbott. (The State has been under court order to fund these 31 deeply-impoverished districts to the level of Jersey’s most affluent ones. Under the new state funding formula, which is being challenged in court, we’re not supposed to call them “Abbotts,” which is probably fair since there are now other districts equally poor. But that’s another lawsuit.)
The Star-Ledger reports on the SDA’s wretched history:
a series of critical audits found the program had wasted tens of millions of dollars in unnecessary professional fees, had purchased millions of dollars worth of homes and property for schools it did not have the funding to build, and had few management controls in place.