Spending Concerns at Sumter School District

7:51 PM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
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Sumter, SC (WLTX) - A Sumter school district teacher sent WLTX an anonymous letter concerned about district spending.

In the letter,  the teacher claimed there was, "gross waste at the district level."

News 19 located credit card records dating from August 2011 to October 2012.

The records show corporate account activity, including trips to Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi,  Mississippi and Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach.

When asked about the trips, district spokeswoman Shelly Galloway says, "The credit card statements posted online reflect travel for professional development by district office staff and the Board of Trustees.  Professional development for our teachers, administrators, and district office staff is an investment."

Galloway says Sumter School district representatives went to Mississippi for the southern region meeting of the National School Boards Association.

Our investigation matched dates on the credit card statements with a meeting held by the association at the resort.

During the trip to Myrtle Beach, Galloway says a team from the Sumter School District attended a summer leadership program put on by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

"Those that attend professional development sessions are expected to lead by example and pass that along to their peers," Galloway said.

According to the district's website, the General Fund Budget for 2012-2013 is $103,094,525.00.

Galloway also said among criticism from some parents and students on spending, the district spent $800,000 on technology upgrades in classrooms and $740,000 for instructional supplies.




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