State Audit Faults Fayette County School Spending
(Nashville, TN) An audit released today by the State of Tennessee finds many fault with how Fayette County is spending taxpayer money.
The report states, “The Fayette County school system overspent its budget, distributed unauthorized salary supplements and failed to put contracts totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars out for bid.”
Auditors found expenses in the system’s general purpose school fund exceeded the amount budgeted for the fiscal year by more than $1.2 million.
The school system reportedly made several, “amendments to its budget during the year that weren’t approved by the Fayette County Board of Education or the Fayette County Commission.”
The report goes on to find, “A substantial portion of the overspending for those two funds – totaling more than $864,000 – was attributable to salaries exceeding the budget. The salary increases were often taken from line items that were unrelated to payroll expenses. For example, money budgeted for “in-service/staff development” was used to provide a supplement to one school principal.”
In one case the school system entered into a contract worth $700,000 for copying services without getting any bids.