Saturday, January 2, 2010
Greed, vanity and the pilfering of the school system
Wow - I go out for a movie with my mom and my daughter and come back to an email box full of notices by alert bloggers citing the latest news on the pilfering of the school system by our highest level administrators. Check out the article in tomorrow's AJC.
A high-level DeKalb County school official at the center of a criminal investigation bought a county car for her personal use at a bargain-basement price last year before state and county officials learned of the transaction and reversed it.
Patricia “Pat” Pope, whose involvement in multimillion-dollar school construction projects is under investigation by county authorities, purchased a black 2005 Ford Explorer from the school district for $5,442 — about one-third the car’s market value at the time, according to county documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Pope also asked the county’s maintenance department to overhaul the car with new tires and a paint job before she bought it, according to a state agency that investigated the purchase. The department did about $2,500 worth of work on the car.
The arrangement appears similar to a 2007 car purchase by DeKalb schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis. Pope also played a major role in that transaction, documents show.
My, oh, my. The school system coffers are just here for the personal benefit of our current administration. These people are so sad - and a complete embarrassment - yet our school board still doesn't seem to have the moxie to take action and clean house. The campaign to replace several of them this November begins today!