FCPS Official Claims $20M 'Irregularity' To Blame For Budget Woes

May 27, 2014

Fayette County Public Schools officials are pointing to a “$20 million dollar irregularity” as the cause for the district’s budget woes.

According to emails obtained by the Lexington Herald-Leader, FCPS budget director Julane Mullins sent information about the irregularity to state auditor Adam Edelen and the director of the state Office of Education Accountability.

In the email, she says she felt compelled to share the information with the board to shed light on “suspected violations of law and numerous acts of mismanagement, fraud, waste, and abuse of authority that have resulted in the current state of affairs.”

District spokesperson Lisa Deffendall says officials have already reviewed the irregular entries and the only questions that remain deal with their timing, not their validity.

Superintendent Tom Shelton responded, saying he is astounded by the allegations and promised a full investigation and follow-up report.