ALBANY — Dougherty County School Board member David Maschke has sent a letter to Darrell Sabbs and Associates, demanding a refund of $11,377 on a $91,000 contract that Maschke says was not completed.
The contract called for Sabbs to conduct 14 “Saturday Academy” days for instruction to boost the reading skills of between 50 to 80 Dougherty fourth-graders.
“The indisputable fact is that Mr. Sabbs’ contract called for 14 days of instruction, but he only provided 12 days and the 13th was a shortened ‘field day,’” Maschke said. “I’m not arguing about if the contract was properly awarded. I’m saying that Mr. Sabbs never performed the all of the services in the contract.”
Maschke asserts that Sabbs overbilled and was overpaid.
“An ethical businessman would admit he overbilled and return the county’s money,” Maschke said.
Maschke’s letter set a 3 p.m. Friday deadline for Sabbs to deliver a certified check to the office of DCSS Superintendent Joshua Murfree.
“The purpose of my letter is to give him the opportunity to return our money,” Maschke said.
Late Friday after the deadline, DCSS Finance Director Ken Dyer was contacted and said he was unaware of any check from Sabbs being delivered to the office.
Maschke said if no refund was forthcoming, he would ask the School Board to consider legal action against Sabbs.