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State BOE wants meeting with DCSS board

ATLANTA — The chairman of the Georgia Board of Education's Budget Committee confirmed Friday that the committee discussed the Dougherty County School System's federal program problems on Tuesday during the BOE's regular meeting in Atlanta.

"We believe that the local boards are the ultimate policy- and decision-makers," Budget Committee Chairman Larry Winter said. "We are concerned with all that is going on in Dougherty County, that the board is not being given enough information to make informed financial decisions."

The committee decided to issue invitations to all seven current DCSS board members and the two new members-elect (Robert Youngblood and Lane Price) for a meeting with the panel in Atlanta on Dec. 3.

"We have concerns about Title I expenditures and Race To The Top grants, and we felt it was time for us to meet and have a dialog to see where they are and how to help bring the district back into compliance," Winter said.

When asked if DCSS Federal Programs Director Betty Graper was also invited to the meeting, Winter replied, "we invited each individual board member, and they can bring anyone they feel is revelent to the discussion."

The state launched a probe into questionable Title I, Part A expenditures on May 24 and found "programmatic issues" resulting in the department questioning substantial costs in FY 2011 and 2012.

The district last month returned $134,000 to the state, and the DOE is currently asking for supporting documentation, reclassification or reimbursement of $167,025 in "unallowable expenditures" in FY 2011 and $126,856 in FY 2012.

Earlier this month, the state DOE, expressing continuing concerns with the system's expenditure of Federal grant monies, listed the DCSS as federal "High Risk" status.

As a result, the state has placed the system's FY 2013 funds on a reimbursement basis. That means the DCSS may not draw any portion of its FY 2013 Title I, Part A allocation until the state department has reviewed and approved all purchase orders, receipts and other documentation for reimbursement.

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MRKIA 1 year, 5 months ago

FINALLY THE STATE BOE IS SHINING THE LIGHT ON THIS DYSFUNCTIONAL GROUP OF MISFITS, 3-4 OF THEM IN PARTICULAR. THE NEW SUPER NEEDS TO BE VETTED BY THE STATE AS WELL. ADIOS TO ALL THE INCOMPETENT FOOLS ABOUT TO BE SHOWN THE DOOR. LET DR. CULBREATH RUN THE DCSS IN THE INTERIM.

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MRKIA 1 year, 5 months ago

HEY SISTER RUBY, VSU, BUBBAVET, WHERE'S COACH AND BVR? BVR CLAIMS HE IS RETARDED. OR RETIRED, I FORGET WHICH. PROBABLY BOTH.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 5 months ago

If Graper is invited, she will show up with her Attorney.

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MRKIA 1 year, 5 months ago

GRAPER SHOULD BE INVITED ANDTHEN INDICTED.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 5 months ago

Great news. Maybe Riggins will learn how to properly complete an application for the Free Meal program.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 5 months ago

Better not get caught in a lie. Graper is toast. Farewell! Since there will be new folks on board, this will be a much needed addressing and the tone will not be light. Shape up or the bank is closed! This are not your monies to do as you want for your cronies. It will stop or you will be gone. This is not the same as Sumter County, theirs was squabbles, this is next to fraud. No judge will back you up on this.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 5 months ago

It is now time for ALL of the Court Jester's cronies to be terminated. The only way to get this fixed and back on even footing is to start from scratch. The children deserve better than what they have gotten for the past three years....

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Amazed2 1 year, 5 months ago

Take Graper. I think she could use first hand training so she cannot deny her knowledge of what is supposed to happen. She like Gosser probably considers actual rules and laws to only be "General Guidelines"

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 5 months ago

Maybe the State BOE can write specific instructions on back of a napkin for Graper in order for her to be handed specific instructions on a silver platter about how to do her job as Director at $100,000+ per year.

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dingleberry 1 year, 5 months ago

The problem is she was doing the job to the best of her inabilities. The whole bunch is a sick joke on the taxpayers.

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dmyers80 1 year, 4 months ago

I would live to be at that meeting... The chairman walks in and looks around, and says " ok lets get right to it... Which one you idiots is named June-bug??" LOL

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