I am writing as the CEO of Hysell Wagner LLC, the company that created and operated the Reading Roadmap program referenced in "The state ended funding for a literacy program shrouded in controversy. Schools want it back."


In the story, there is a summary of how the grant was canceled, including a reference to a draft audit. It has been reported that the draft audit stated that Hysell & Wagner was incorrectly paid over $2M. To ensure reporting about that draft audit is accurate, fair and thorough, I want to share the final resolution of the draft audit.


Hysell & Wagner first saw the draft audit the day before it was released to the public on Aug. 16, 2019. In order to respond to and address the audit's findings, we appealed to a Kansas administrative law judge. Last fall, we worked to collect receipts and proof of expenditures from our partner sub-grantee schools to substantiate the funds in question.


As a result of that work, we reached a positive settlement this year with DCF, a copy of which is available on our website.


We appreciate working with DCF to resolve the audit. Most importantly, we appreciate the dedication and hard work of Kansas schools, administrators, teachers and parents that made the Reading Roadmap early literacy program a success.,


Andrew Hysell, Baraboo, Wisc.