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DeKalb School Board comes under D.A.'s scrutiny

4:15 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County Schools were put on probation this week by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, but they won't be the only ones looking into the school board.

The board is accused of mismanaging money and behaving unethically. A SACS report shows the board put the district $12 million in debt for new textbooks that were never purchased.

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Now the DeKalb District Attorney's office will have to figure out where that money was spent, who spent it, and whether there was any criminal activity.

"We don't manage the money," said DeKalb School Board Chairman Dr. Eugene Walker. "That's done by the system, but we do have state audits. You know we just finished the KPMG audit, and they did not find to my knowledge any mismanagement or criminal activity going on."

The district attorney's office also has a trial pending against former DeKalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis and three others. They are accused of cheating taxpayers out of millions of dollars.

 

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