By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

The Breathitt County School District has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funding and the district’s former leader could be to blame.

A state audit released Wednesday found that former Superintendent Arch Turner mismanaged a significant amount of school funding.

The school's new superintendent says it is not easy cleaning up the mess left behind.
The audit accuses Turner of wasting hundreds of thousands of the school's state-funded dollars.

State Auditor Adam Edelen says nearly $200,000 in raises and bonuses were given to employees by the superintendent without board approval.

The school board never approved a contract for Turner until the day he resigned, giving Turner all the power without repercussions.

The audit found the former superintendent modified the school's calendar last year by omitting 10 school days.

The direct result of that was the district paying teachers more than $500,000 for days they did not work.

To make spending matters worse, the audit also found that the district spent more than $30,000 out of the boy's basketball funds to pay for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen Tournament.

But the new superintendent is looking ahead.

“I’m hoping that the community will give us a chance to rebound from this. Just stick with us because I think we can make a big difference over the course of the next year,” Superintendent Melanie Stevens said. “I think this has finally given us the chance to clear the air as to what has happened in the past and we just have to focus on our kids.”

Stevens says she’s ready to put the school’s past behind them.

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