Covering Kentucky

Dec 8, 2012 6:56 PM

Audits Led To Rare State Takeover Of Schools

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) - The results of two audits led state education officials to take over day-to-day management of an eastern Kentucky school district.

A financial audit that found improper spending led to a management audit that found such disarray that it was hindering efforts to improve student achievement. The findings led the Kentucky Board of Education to approve a state takeover of a school district for the first time in 15 years.

The decision this week means all decisions on spending, administration, personnel and instruction in the district will be made by Education Commissioner Terry Holliday or his designee.

David Karem, chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education, told the Lexington Herald-leader (http://bit.ly/11YwV97) on Friday that the audits' findings were frustrating, in part because the state offers so much assistance to districts.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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