State DOE: DCSS must reimburse $167,000

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education, after reviewing an appeal from the Dougherty County School System, has asked the district to return $167,000 in unallowable FY 2011 Title I, Part A expenditures.

In November, the department asked the DCSS for additional documentation or reclassification to justify what the department deemed as unallowable Title I expenditures. The system acknowledged nearly $70,000 in unallowable expenditures, but appealed the balance.

The system received its answer Friday in an email from DOE Title Programs Director Margo DeLaune. She wrote:

"This is a final decision regarding the DCSS's rebuttal of questioned costs for FY11, Title 1, Part A expenditures. After a review of the supporting documentation submitted to the Georgia Department of Education's Title Programs Division, it has been determined that the DCSS will need to return $98,471.68 in unallowable costs. In addition, DCSS will need to provide the Title Program's division with copies of supporting documentation showing reclassification of funds as indicated by DCSS's rebuttal."

The disallowed expenditures plus the unallowable expenses previously acknowledged by the system total just more than $167,000.

In October, then-DCSS Superintendent Joshua Murfree returned $134,000 to the department for disallowed Title I expenditures in FY 2012.

On Wednesday, the state asked for an additional $406,000 in unallowable FY 2013 Title I expenditures for 10 salaried positions in the district's Curriculum Content and IT departments.


RedEric 2 years, 8 months ago

This is why our founding fathers were reluctant to give non property owners the right to vote. If you are not paying for it why do you care what it costs. Now power and purse strings are controlled by Gimmedats, LoFos, MoFoLoFos, and every other species of freeloaders.


bigbob 2 years, 8 months ago

DCSS right, why don't they just say the taxpayers get ripped off again by their lieing cheating school system.


jglass 2 years, 8 months ago

It is so sad that we have people who have no clue! Spend, spend, spend and we are paying people top salaries to waste our tax dollars and government funding. And, the children suffer. I know there has to be compitent people in the school building on Pine, but oh my GOSH where are they hiding. One good thing, doing away with Saturday School, this was probably the biggest WASTE of money!!!!


bennydawg 2 years, 8 months ago

Here we go...I figure its a matter of time until the NAACP comes in and says the the Ga Department of Ed is racist.

Dont you idiots understand???? If Dougherty County officials would just run the agencies by the books, maybe more business would consider moving here....Oh wait...given our stellar pool of job candidates...that wont ever happen.


Sister_Ruby 2 years, 8 months ago

The morons who were willfully negligent in allocating this money (Murfree, Graper, Goseer) should be charged, found guilty (at least of utter stupidity and incompetence) and jailed for about 10 years.


Bulldawg 2 years, 8 months ago

I think the stupidity and incompetence is moot at this point. Unfortunately you can't fix stupid. (At least I have not found a way as of yet. :))


chinaberry25 2 years, 8 months ago

It is now time to send them to private school. Give them the vouchers for those who qualify and let the other go to an Alternative School. Save a lot of taxpayers money.


Cartman 2 years, 8 months ago

We need to go back to the old way of running schools. Let teachers run it. Not administrators. The new way is too expensive and simply not educating children.


waltspecht 2 years, 8 months ago

Say Terry, did the new Math Coordinator receive a reduction in pay when she was moved out of Title 1, or is she still freeloading off the system?


OldTimer2 2 years, 8 months ago

I thought part of the corrective action required for FY12 was to hire someone that the State approved to monitor Title I expenditures for FY13. How could DoCo inappropriately allocate $406,000 if this requirement had been met?


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