ALBANY, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Education's Title Programs Division has asked the Dougherty County School system for supporting documentation in regard to 34 itemized Title I FY 2012 expenditures brought into question during the GADOE's Complaint Investigation visit on May 24.
The Herald has obtained an email dated June 26 from GADOE Title Programs Division Director Margo DeLaune to DCSS superintendent Joshua Murfree in which she wrote that "additional information and or supporting documentation is needed for the items listed below that were paid with Title I, Part A monies."
The 34 items in question range in price $22 for emergency and registration cards to $91,000 for consulting fees paid to Darrell Sabbs and Associates.
The state has given the system until Friday to provide supporting documentation. If the DCSS fails to respond, or the information provided does not satisfy the state, the system could be required to pay back some, if not all, of the $142,119 in question.
In regard to the Sabbs contract, the GADOE is asking the DCSS "to provide documentation to support why Dougherty County's Title I Program only provided services for fourth grade students and what needs assessment data was used to determine these services were needed."
In addition, the state wants information on an $18,000 check cut to motivational speaker Joseph Washington for three appearances before students at Dougherty, Monroe and Albany high schools.
"A motivational speaker is not an allowable Title I, Part A expense," LeLaune wrote. "In addition, the cost of $6,000 per day appears not to follow the reasonable and necessary component of an allowable Title I, Part A expenditure.
"Please provide follow-up documentation to support the necessity of the cost and how this meets the compliance of academic interventions for Title I, Part A expenditures."
In FY 2012 the state allotted the Dougherty County School System more than $8 million in Title I, Part A money and more than $3 million in Special Education IDEA funding.
Should the system be required to repay the expenditures in question, the GADOE would likely deduct the amount from the DCSS's FY2013 Title I allocation.