Breathitt Schools Lose Funding After Audit

Oct 10, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- An eastern Kentucky school district lost more than $190,000 in state funding after an audit found the former superintendent took 10 instructional days out of the school calendar but paid teachers for that time.

Auditor Adam Edelen released the audit of the Breathitt County school district on Wednesday. The audit said the school calendar modification resulted in district teachers being paid more than $525,000 for days not actually worked.

Among other things, the audit also found that the district spent more than $35,000 from a fund intended for students on hotel rooms and tickets to the boys' state basketball tournament for the former superintendent, some board members and others.

The former superintendent, Arch Turner, pleaded guilty this year in a federal vote-buying case and is to be sentenced this month.