Auditor finds district used general fund money on activities

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ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — State Auditor Adam Edelen has released a report that finds a northeastern Kentucky school district transferred $360,000 to school activity funds over three years with little or no knowledge by the school board.

Edelen’s office said in a news release Monday that excessive spending on the Fairview Independent School District’s football program may have resulted in violation of Title IX requirements by spending more on boys’ sports than on girls’ athletics.

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The release said the 63-page examination will be referred to law enforcement and the Education Professional Standards Board.

Calls to the school district office went unanswered late Monday afternoon.

Edelen’s office said 70 percent of the district’s fewer than 900 students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch, and teacher salaries and benefits as a percentage of total spending are the lowest among Kentucky 173 public school districts.

 

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