Education Chief Says He Used Bad Judgment With Car Purchase

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Education Commissioner Jon Draud says he
used bad judgment in having the state buy him a Chrysler 300 car
with $13,000 in upgrades.

Draud was speaking at the Kentucky Board of Education meeting
Wednesday morning and addressed the controversial automobile
purchase. Draud said he regrets any problems he caused the board,
but stopped short of apologizing for his actions.

Draud said he hopes to move past the vehicle purchase.

Draud ordered a 2008 Chrysler 300 with a base price of $18,101.
Options including an engine upgrade, global positioning system and
a handsfree telephone pushed the price to more than $30,000.


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  • by Hansford on Jun 13, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    should got a benz' since the state was buying.
  • by Cat on Jun 13, 2008 at 11:02 AM
    to teacher from Pike County, We don't vote the this joker in to office. If we did, it would not be someone from out of state.
  • by parent Location: eastern,ky. on Jun 11, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    the state should make the commissioner sell the car and give the money back to the children! then fire his selfish, money hungry face.
  • by Citizen on Jun 11, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    Ok, He needs to be treated like the two women from Johnson County, Ms Coleman,and Peggy Vanhoose. There is no difference here. If we pay for his luxary and there is kids who can't even get free lunches because the parents make $10.00 to much. Hey people open your eyes here. He needs jail time! He has crooked the system. Try him in court.
  • by Teacher Location: Pike Co. on Jun 11, 2008 at 12:24 PM
    Our people don't even get cars, not even the Superintendent because we are trying to save money. Why should this man be any different? Why not set a good example for a change? Here is the reason why we have no money, people in these offices milking the system for everything they can get thier hands on. I blame the people of Kentucky for this attitude, start voting these goof-balls out and see how fast things change.
  • by DR Location: S WILLIAMSON on Jun 11, 2008 at 10:52 AM
    Easy for him to want to move past it because its not coming out of his pockets,turn this around and tell him he will have to pay and watch how fast he cancels the order.Why apologize to the board we deserve the apology because we will pay for it so he can ride back and forth from home to work and back again and oh almost forgot we have to pay for his gas as well as ours so goodness he will need a big salary increase also so he can profile with this big new car we bought him.Hey Kentuckians keep those tax dollars coming and dont forget to keep trash like these people in office to spend them
  • by Jay Location: Ky on Jun 11, 2008 at 10:15 AM
    Who says education don't pay. Eit shur wurked fer hem. What's the difference in holding a gun on someone and robbing them and/or using a pen and paper? None, and a thief is getting away with robbery of tax payer money.
  • by J Location: E KY on Jun 11, 2008 at 10:05 AM
    So sad indeed. He should pay for all those extra upgrades himself. Nice to see our tax dollars abused like this.
  • by FLOYD Location: COUNTY on Jun 11, 2008 at 09:44 AM
    LOOKS TO ME LIKE THIS (edited) NEEDS TO BE FIRED. STEALING FROM CHILDREN IS DEAD WRONG. KIDS KEEP HEARING THAT THERE IS NO MONEY FOR NEW TEXTBOOKS. THE COUNTIES KEEP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE FUEL COSTS TO KEEP THE BUSSES RUNNING. THERE IS NO WAY TO JUSTIFY SPENDING THAT KIND OF MONEY ON A PERSONAL CAR FOR THIS CLOWN. IT'S TIME FOR KENTUCKY TO QUIT JUST TALKING ABOUT EDUCATION BEING IMPORTANT & START SHOWING THE KIDS THEY REALLY MEAN THAT EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT. GETTING RID OF THIS JOKER WOULD BE A GOOD FIRST STEP, BECAUSE HE OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR KIDS.
  • by cat on Jun 11, 2008 at 09:39 AM
    That is wonderful. We teachers received a 1% raise. Go for It Commissioner. Spend the state money and that away from the kids.

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