ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County School Board members are still reeling from the revelation that the system overpaid a program for high school dropouts by more than a quarter million dollars.
In May, School Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Dyer told the board the contract allowed former superintendent Joshua Murfree to pay a higher amount without the board's approval.
The school board lawyer says that's not true.
In January, two checks were made out to the Alternatives Unlimited program; one while former superintendent Murfree was still in office, the other after he left.
At the very least, this is poor job performance. We can only hope it's not a reflection of a cavalier attitude of "doing whatever I want with taxpayer money."
As citizens of Dougherty County, we demand accountability for our tax dollars.
Dyer says a mistake in how students were classified caused the quarter-million dollar error.
We want the board to get to the bottom of what happened and fix it. We can't afford this type of "error" in the future.