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State asks DCSS for return of more than $406,000 in 'non-Title I allowable' salaries

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany Herald has obtained an email from Georgia Department of Education Title 1 Programs Director Margo LeLaune asking the Dougherty County School System for reclassification or reimbursement of more than $406,000 in "non-Title I allowable" salaries and benefits of 10 employees in the system's Curriculum and IT departments.

The email, dated Wednesday, said the "DCSS has seven curriculum content coordinators being paid a 75-25 split with Title I monies paying the 75 percent portion of these salaries. This raises a supplanting concern since Title I is paying the larger portion of these staff position salaries as opposed to the 25 percent supplemental portion ... which Title I regulations require.

"In addition, the duties performed by these staff positions are non-Title I allowable."

The State is asking the DCSS to reclassify the 75 percent portion those salaries to another funding source or return $354,755.15 in salary and benefits paid from July of last year to Feb. 28.

"In addition, DCSS is paying for three technology positions which are non-instructional and are being used as general technology repair positions for the District, therefore non-Title I allowable," DeLaune wrote. "These Technology positions are being paid 100 percent with Title I monies."

The State is asking the DCSS to reclassify the 100 percent portion those IT salaries to another funding source or return $52,958.82 in salary and benefits paid from October of last year to Feb. 28.

"Wow. There is no doubt that this is another shocker," DCSS Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely said. "This is another blow, but we'll pick ourselves up and go after it again. We got in this jam and we'll just have to do everything we can do to work our way out of it and make things right."

Mosely added he is hopeful the system won't have to reimburse the entire $406,000

"We have a little room for negotiations, but I'm not holding out much hope they will bear fruit," he said.

Should the amount stand and the System has to cut a check, it will mean the school system has been forced to return more than $700,000 in Title I money to the state over the past seven months.

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dickyboy 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank God the clown is gone.... he would have eventually bankrupt DCSS.... Poor ole Butch has his work cut out for him.. wish him the best

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Where is Graper? You know, the Title I Funds DIRECTOR drawing a $125,000 per year salary who doesn't even know what her job duties are because nobody wrote them down for her on 3x5 cards that she could post at her work area so she would know how to do her job. And if you want to ask her any questions about what she did while drawing all that money, you must do so through her "attorney".

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 4 months ago

Former Federal Programs Director Betty Graper was demoted to the system’s math curriculum department in January.

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waltspecht 1 year, 4 months ago

Why? Don't tell me tenure, because she wasn't in an instructional position. If it is tenure, then the law had best be changed. I don't know of any Industry that would tolerate this degree of incompetance from even an employed relative of the owner. Termination is the only acceptable remedy, but moving her protected her from that. Just how incompetant is she in her new role? Has anyone told her how to do the new job or is it business as normal? Accountability thrown to the wayside one more time.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 4 months ago

She does meet the teacher (instructional) requirement for tenure.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

By being "demoted to the system's math curriculum department . . . " you do mean she has a sinecure not a responsible position? Probably on a contract? She obviously has no real value to an educational service and hopefully will be released at the end of her contract.

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bubbasmithredneck 1 year, 4 months ago

she was a math teacher before she ever was a title one director stupid!! She is a certified teacher first......administration came later on as a promotion.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't give a crap if she was promoted to empty Obwan's slop jar she's not responsible enough to be in any role associated with education. Furthermore she could be certified to do open heart surgery on you and she still should not have anything to do with education. I hope she is put in a sterile room with no windows. Pay her what ever salary she's due and let the contract expire.

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truthsayer 1 year, 4 months ago

Butch we know it ain't your fault. You just happen to follow a team of crooks that was stealing the system blind. Bogus contracts, lot of backscratching, stealing, lying and the list reads like a arrest report for Al Copone. Maybe you'll be able to get a handle on the theatrics that hound them daily. Good Luck, you'll need it. We still have a couple of them clowns still on the school board that think the tax payers owe them something. Ya'll do know who will end up paying this money back don't you? Not the people that stole it, the tax payers of Ebony Georgia.

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whattheheck 1 year, 4 months ago

The sins of the past have surely caught up with us. If we had had a superintendent with a degree of competence--as opposed to a claimed PhD--to run the show and set the tone, the outcome would surely have been better. For years, even before #34, people in DCSS have been permitted to do as they please and it shows now that we have some interim people not concerned with keeping their job, pleasing folks, playing political games, and taking care of friends.

Where has the State been all these years we have been porking the taxpayers? It has an oversight role that has not been fulfilled so perhaps the incompetence begins at the top of their chain. And where have the auditors been? Audit after audit for years in DCSS and any system in the state have not shown problems that eventually come to light.

It is not so much a matter of auditors not doing their job as much as it is auditors doing the wrong type of audit. State law requires financial audits which are geared towards keeping the books in accordance with acceptable accounting procedures. While there is a place for such audits, what is needed is a periodic operational audit which evaluates what an organization does with money more than how the money is put in the books.

What we have seen is that that DCSS either does not have an internal auditor or the auditor in not effective. But rather than putting such a function in DCSS, why not place it under the BOE? One of the problems evident is the DCSS has been non-responsive in providing information needed for oversight to the BOE for its use. The DCSS has hidden information from the BOE for years and this has got to stop! .

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oldster 1 year, 4 months ago

WOW !! This is another blow. How many more hidden pitfalls have been planted that we don't yet know about. We have to be confident that at some point in the future things will be better.

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RedEric 1 year, 4 months ago

Liars and Cheaters and Thieves, Oh No! If a person is stealing from one source he is commonly stealing elsewhere. I would like to se a thorough investigation of these people to see if another ripe plum tempted them. I know that some people who "worked" at Cooper were also on welfare. They thought it was funny.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

There's lots of folks like that right this moment all over Albany, rolling around in BMWs and Mercedes. No other explanation makes sense for the sheer number of luxury imports I see rolling all over town all day long as I creep along in my old Caddy with 200,000 miles.

But I also understand how they justify it before God "Gone get me some reparations"

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

Okay Bush, Velveeta, JuneBug, Anita W-B how do you like thinking out of the box now?

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GG126 1 year, 4 months ago

What a slap in the face to those of us working legitimately under Title 1 and being compensated very little, while others make huge salaries and never see a student or parent's face. We've been told year after year, "We're working on it, you all just keep working hard - we understand". No wonder there was never enough money to pay us a living wage. They should be ashamed to look us, the core workers in the trenches, in the face.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

GG you are a hero or a heroine. Thank you for your work and your commitment. The despicable conduct of decision makers will never approach or tarnish your contributions. Competent teachers who work hands on with the students should be rewarded far more than the pencil sharpeners. Regretfully that isn't the case.

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LMAO 1 year, 4 months ago

I bet Bow tie Man # 34 is sitting at home? worried that one day soon, the law will be knocking on his door?

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GG126 1 year, 4 months ago

Newsflash!! This was not initiated on Dr. Murphree's watch. I don't understand why some of you keep blaming him. Mismanagement has been going on for years. Most involved have already jumped ship.

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