by Max Brantley
I devoted some time yesterday to closer reading of the devastating state audit of the Pulaski County School District.
One former employee has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for improper purchases he made so he could resell goods for personal profit.
Several administrators have departed. Some improper purchasing deals have been ended. But I couldn't help but wonder: Is that all there is? Is any law enforcement official inquiring as to the knowledge and culpability of the supervisors of the epic list of misdeeds in the district? To name one interesting note in the audit: Unusual amounts of overtime were paid in a department where, it happens, a couple of the employees receiving the overtime were tenants in houses rented by the supervisor of the department. The auditors drew no conclusion about the circumstance.
I wondered if the employee who has pleaded guilty might be in a position to tell more about district practices in return for sentencing consideration. I asked U.S. Attorney Jane Duke's office whether that single charge ended its investigation of Pulaski County finances or whether the investigation was continuing. The answer: