By a vote of four to one, the Fayette County School Board approved a tentative budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
At Wednesday night’s school board meeting, the group agreed to restore $1.6 million in cuts that were proposed by Superintendent Tom Shelton.
Some of those funds will go back into the coffers of special education and band and orchestra programs across the district.
The vote came after days of controversy following claims by the district’s budget director that an accounting error in 2011 led to the $20 million shortfall this year.
Rodney Jackson, Director of Finance at Fayette County Schools told board members and the audience that attended last night’s meeting, that wasn’t the case. “There’s not 20 million dollars missing. In fact there never was.”
Board members also heard from concerned parents and community members before approving the budget, where feelings on its passage were mixed. An independent auditor who has reviewed the district’s books for several years said they did not find any errors or misappropriated use of funds. State auditor Adam Edelen has launched an investigation into the financial mismanagement allegations.