Probe pay discrepancies

It was reported by The Augusta Chronicle recently that the Richmond County Board of Education has decided not to open an investigation to determine how seven retirees worked more hours than allowed by law, which resulted in the taxpayers of Richmond County having to pay a fine of $241,000 to the Teacher Retirement System of Georgia.

I would like to know why our school superintendent isn’t interested in getting to the bottom of this issue. Apparently he and the board of trustees are satisfied that changes they have made in policy to prevent this from happening in the future is satisfactory. In my mind it is not!

Quite frankly, that $241,000 could have been put to better use installing school security systems, which were also reported on in the newspaper.

I am calling on our district attorney to open this case and present it to a grand jury, as something is very wrong here. Clearly we cannot rely on our superintendent and the school board to police themselves. Let our district attorney investigate this issue as quickly as possible.

Eli Horford

Augusta

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