Update from the Floyd County Police Department:
The Floyd County Police Criminal Investigation Division has initiated a Criminal Investigation into complaints made by the Floyd County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaniel that questionable purchases may have been made by Board of Education Employees.
This investigation continues to be labor intensive considering the volume of purchase information that has to be examined.
The Floyd County Police Department is sensitive to the fact that Floyd County Tax Payer money is in question and will take every opportunity to expedite this investigation to arrive at a successful and full conclusion.
Due to the complexity involved and the need to maintain the integrity of the investigation no other information will be released at this time.
Previously posted from the Floyd County Schools:
Floyd County Schools instituted an intensive review of purchasing in the system in recent months with the planned move to a new purchasing software system. In this process, questionable purchasing practices were discovered. The school system moved immediately to involve local law enforcement and District Attorney Leigh Patterson’s office to conduct a thorough review of purchasing records over several years. Due to the ongoing probe, additional information related to the investigation will need to be provided by Major Wallace, Commander of the Floyd County Police Criminal Investigation Division. The school system does not want to do anything to impede the ongoing investigation or the legal process.
Floyd County Schools will move forward to institute safeguards in the purchasing process and institute changes and improvements in purchasing practices across the system to ensure that funds are used solely for our mission of helping every child reach the destination of graduation. This mission will not be detoured by the inappropriate decisions of individuals in the community or in the school system.
Central administration is working with experts in the field of purchasing to make sure all resources are used for the benefit of our children. To achieve the highest level of purchasing security, the school system will meet this week with Periscope Holdings, a nationally respected company in the area of purchasing and expenditure tracking, to put in place new policies and procedures to safeguard funds intended for the education of our children. Periscope is widely used by government entities and school systems across the country to protect the integrity of purchasing practices. Periscope currently works with some of the largest school systems and government agencies in the country and in the state of Georgia. Experts from Periscope will immediately begin a review of the purchasing records and practices of Floyd County Schools and will work with us to institute revised and improved purchasing procedures.
Administration and the Board of Education will also move to streamline the system organizational structure to enhance the upgraded policies and procedures recommended by Periscope to ensure the effective use of all education funds for children. Those suspected of misuse of funds have been or will be relieved of duties in the school system pending legal action or board determination of employment status. Others not suspected of misuse of funds but in positions with oversight over departments may be impacted in the organizational restructure plan.
With the loss of millions of dollars in state and local funds experienced by our school system in recent years, every dollar is important in our efforts to provide the very best educational opportunities for the children of our community. Floyd County Schools is committed the best use of education funds available and to Destination Graduation for every child!