Former Jeffco BOE employee asked to repay almost 19K

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A former Jefferson County Schools employee is being asked to repay almost $19,000.

An audit released Friday by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts found receipts and deposits handled by a former employee connected with the county's community education program did not match. This involved an after-school daycare operation at Centerpoint Elementary School.

Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Phil Hammonds said the county's finance officials discovered something was amiss.

"A little over $18,000 were in question," Hammonds said.  "We self reported that."

The audit said a meeting with the unnamed employee was requested but that employee did not attend the meeting. The matter of collecting the funds has been turned over to the Attorney General's office.

Hammonds said the school system has implemented new procedures to protect against such problems in the future.

"One of our primary goals is to be certain we handle tax dollars properly and we account for all that come to us," Hammonds said.

Auditors did give the school system a clean bill of health.

"It shows our district is in solid financial condition," Hammonds said. "Last year we collected 16 million more than we spent."