In July, state auditors were informed by Montgomery County School Board members of a mini scandal brewing. Superintendent Joshua Powell said in a working session that he wanted the board to transfer $30,000 to the daycare program to ‘get the heat from the auditor off of Kristi.’ Kristi being Kristi Carter, head of the childcare/daycare program who also handles PR for the district (which isn’t exactly legal – childcare folks aren’t permitted to hold more responsibilities than childcare). The funds were to be used for discounted daycare for teachers and central office staffers.
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What’s interesting is the lack of detailed minutes from Montgomery County. Now we know why.
After the audit was released, Powell – according to multiple sources – proclaimed in the central office that the auditor never mentioned the $30,000 and that he wasted funds by giving them to daycare.
He thought the auditor would never find out. But, uh… Too late for that.
Note: The audit report from Edelen’s office didn’t cover any of this fun stuff because he chose only to examine things through May.