Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
December 26, 2004
Albany - The Dougherty County School System's Finance Director is reprimanded for costly mistakes in the school lunch program. The Georgia Department of Education is working with the school system to fix the lunch program problems.
The Dougherty County School Superintendent says no one will be fired because of the budget mess. The system's Child Nutrition Service ended up with a 3.9-million dollar budget shortfall. Program managers underestimated food and labor costs to the federal government, so the system was reimbursed much less money than it should have been. Now, the system is trying to repair the costly damage.
The state department of education swooped in when budget mistakes were sparked by poor accounting and complicated computer software. "Assistance from state department of education is coming for child nutrition and finance," said Superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley.
A technical consultant is working with the staff to better use child nutrition software. Also, a state auditor came in to make sure accounting problems were remedied. "I'm having weekly, if not daily, progress reports from the state director," said Dr. Whatley.
The Nutrition Program Director, Stan McWhorter, resigned because of the mess. Now, the superintendent has issued a letter of reprimand to the Finance Director Robert Lloyd. "I'm confident that rather than financial oversight here, we should have done a much better job of management of the child nutrition program," said Whatley.
To make up for the budget shortfall, school board members agreed to end the universal free lunch program. Elementary students will pay $1.25 for lunch and middle and high schoolers will pay $1.50.
More than 5,000 students, whose parents are on food stamps, will still get free lunch. All students will get a chance to qualify for free or reduced lunches.
The change has parents like Sherron Johnson, who has three children in the Dougherty County school, trying to figuring out how they'll pay for the lunch. "I know it will be rough on us," said Johnson. "Our plan is to fix their lunch so they can take it to school." A decision school officials don't want parents to choose because they need the lunch money to build back up the depleted nutrition program fund.
The school system is also transferring some costs from the child nutrition budget to the general fund to try to help offset the shortfall.