ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School Board on Monday unanimously hired Macon attorney James Fleissner to look into a free or reduced school lunch scandal that has rocked the system.
“Jim is an excellent attorney and his resume is impeccable,” BOE chairman James Bush said. “He’s going to tell us what information we can obtain from our applications.”
Fleissner’s hiring was prompted by two incidents of alleged school lunch fraud involving school principal Gloria Baker and School Board member Velvet Riggins.
In October, Baker, the principal at Morningside Elementary, and her husband, John, were each booked on three misdemeanor counts of falsifying information on lunch applications.
The School Board board suspended Baker for 15 days without pay.
In December, Riggins was charged with two misdemeanor counts of falsifying information and one felony count of Offense by a Public Officials.
Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards recused himself from Riggins’ case and appointed South Georgia District DA Joe Mullholland as a special prosecutor.
The cases against the Bakers and Riggins are still pending.
The next BOE meeting will be held Jan. 25 at 12:30 p.m. at Magnolia Elementary School.