ALBANY, Ga. — Dougherty County School System Director of Public Information R.D. Harter said Thursday the school system has reported an incident in its school lunch program to the State Board of Education.
The self-report to the state was initiated after Morningside Elementary Principal Gloria Baker and her husband, Chester, were arrested last week and charged with three counts of fraud each in making false statements to obtain free school lunches for their middle school aged daughter.
Harter said DCSS Director of Finance Robert Lloyd had contacted the state Department of School Nutrition Services, but has yet to hear back from Atlanta.
Only the state can initiate an audit of the free lunch program, Harter said.
Baker has been with the school system since 1980 and was promoted to assistant principal in 1993. She was promoted to principal at Albany Middle School in 2004 and was assigned to Morningside earlier this year.
According to information provided by the DCSS, roughly 81 percent of its 16,000 students are in a free or reduced-fee lunch program.