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Audit Looks at Bibb Schools' Spending

An accounting firm will take a deeper look at spending by the Bibb County school district.

The company, McGladrey & Pullen, gave their initial financial audit results at the Board of Education meeting Thursday night.

They pointed out 150 district employees who received payment over 100 days after their termination.

The auditors also brought up the use of credit cards by Bibb schools. Their report says only three out of seven schools provided their credit card documents for the investigation.

McGladrey says they noticed several payments by schools and the district without proper invoices or receipts.

Board member Susan Middleton says she wants to know more about credit card use by each school.

"The real question that came was what you provide for reimbursement, if there was something on there that you purchased for yourself or something you needed to pay back," said Middleton.

Superintendent Romain Dallemand says the board needs to find a new way to monitor spending and budgeting.

"We need to have a system in place where there's accountability. We need to have a system in place where policies and procedures are followed, " said Dallemand.

The auditors also investigated travel expenses for Dallemand and school board members. Their report says they found payments that don't match district policies, including spending more on meals than the allowed amount.

The school board also asked a local attorney to look into Dallemand's spending on meals in Macon. An attorney wrote a letter to the board saying the superintendent did not violate his contract for buying meals for himself and potential Bibb employees.

The board asked McGladrey to continue with phase two of their research. This includes a more detailed look into the questions raised in their initial report.

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