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Report: Ex-school leader's wife got inflated pay

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's auditor says a former school superintendent assigned his wife to a job with an inflated salary, costing Martin County schools an extra $200,000 over four years.

The report released Tuesday by Auditor Adam Edelen also says the ex-superintendent awarded a privately funded scholarship to two of his children.

Edelen says the review shows the need for school boards to properly oversee superintendents.

Edelen's office identified the former superintendent as Mark Blackburn.

Current Martin County schools Superintendent Steven Meadows says the district will create or strengthen policies to avoid a repeat of such incidents.

Blackburn works in the school system as an elementary school teacher.

Blackburn says he's disappointed at how the auditor has portrayed the findings and says his children earned the scholarship money on their own.

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