EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSCHOOL SUPPLY INVESTIGATION
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School System's Attorney To Meet With Board Members About Investigation
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Also Contributing: Mamie Buoy
Reported: Apr. 16, 2012 10:11 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 19, 2012 4:37 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Eyewitness News has learned more about the investigation we broke that has resulted in the resignation of two maintenance supervisors in the Kanawha County School System.
The school system's attorney will meet Thursday night with board members in a closed door session to lay out details of the investigation.
Superintendent Ron Duerring says the school is trying to locate five air conditioner units worth about $6,000 that are missing from the Crede warehouse in Mink Shoals. Two hunting jackets were also improperly purchased, and scrap metal may have been illegally sold.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is conducting a criminal investigation into the matter and charges could be filed.
Two Kanawha County school employees resign amid an investigation they were spending tax-dollar money on things they just weren't supposed to.
It's now also being looked at as a criminal investigation as two school maintenance supervisors are off the job, and in some hot water.
"The individuals that were responsible for that have been dealt with," explains Kanawha County Schools counsel James Withrow.
Details surrounding the maintenance supervisors at the Crede Warehouse in Mink Shoals are coming to light after school officials caught wind of what they're calling "purchasing irregularities."
"Some things had been purchased under a county purchase order that should not have been purchased," says Withrow.
Just what those items were, and how much money they cost are still a mystery, but it's taxpayer dollars that were allegedly being misused behind the doors of the warehouse.
"We had a large number of individuals who were authorized to make purchases and led to a little bit of lack of control," says Withrow.
Lack of control that's sparked a change in the way things are being handled in Kanawha County schools. Now, they're reviewing policies and procedures and limiting those with the power to spend school money.
"Our purchasing department has been reviewing purchase orders, we've been reviewing inventory, trying to match up and make sure that things that have been purchased are actually there or installed where they are supposed to be," says Withrow.
The two men at the forefront haven't been charged with a crime, but the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is said to be looking into the matter, as the internal investigation starts to take shape.
"As most people know, there are almost no secrets in the school system. Eventually things get discovered, things get found out, people tell," he said.
Withrow will present the board with his findings at a meeting on Thursday.
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