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Dougherty School System has huge deficit

November 17, 2004

Albany-- Poor accounting in the department that oversees the school system's reduced and free lunch program led to a budget shortfall of $3.9 million.

The Child Nutrition Services Department underestimated food and labor costs. Inaccurate figures were reported to the federal government so the system was reimbursed much less money than it should have been. Board members say there was no criminal intent. They blame mismanagement.

Superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley stated, "The child nutrition account is a separate account that in no way directly impacts instructional funds for the Dougherty County School System."

An independent audit will be conducted next month. Wednesday, the school board agreed to a five year plan to pay off the deficit. After more than four hours of discussion in executive session, the board also voted to suspend Child Nutrition Services Director Stan McWhorter for four weeks without pay.

Posted by jennifer.hulsey@walb.com at 9:11 PM.

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