|Updated: 10/08/2010 8:04 pm
||Published: 10/08/2010 4:02 pm
In the words of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee Chair, they'd already "raked a bunch of Pulaski County Special School Board members over the coals." Friday, a different board member got the same treatment.
An audit of the Pulaski County Special School Board originally presented in May had the board back in front of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee for the third time. The committee subpoenaed School Board Member Gwen Williams and asked her tough questions about cell phone use and using travel advances for restaurant tips.
"I am extremely, as one legislator, as unpleased as anything I've ever looked at in my life," said State Representative Gregg Reep. "Looking at this particular audit and the way this whole business has been operated."
"Since I was made aware of that I have changed the way I do that," said Williams.
The rest of the board took plenty of heat as well. Among other things, legislatures wanted to know how hundreds of thousands of dollars were misspent and overlooked. A number of board members said it's because of a roughly 600-page book they'd get before school board meetings that had expenditures recorded in it but wasn't easy to read.
"We get it on a Friday and our board meeting is on a Tuesday," said Williams. "And that is the problem."
The 600-page book system has since been replaced, as have a number of other things.
"We're putting mechanisms into place to make this one of the most competitive, first class districts preparing every student for a world class experience," said Pulaski County Special School District Superintendent Dr. Charles Hopson.
The next time the school board is scheduled to appear before the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee is December. That's when a new audit is expected to be complete.