Bibb School Board Faces Laundry List of Allegations
Members of the The Bibb County School Board could be in hot water according an audit by McGladrey, an outside company hired by the board. McGladery reviewed emails from board members and found evidence of violations ranging from possible bid-rigging all the way to seeking preferential treatment for a family member.
The audit reviews whether the School Board has violated regulations or policies set forward by the Georgia School Board Association Boardsmanship manual, Bibb County School District Board Policies and Georgia Open Meetings laws.
The audit contains two pages of violations including possible bid-rigging.
According to the audit, a bid request for seven buses was won by Thomas. A Board Member indicated that he favored Blue Bird and allegedly spoke with Blue Bird about eliminating the price differential.
Exhibits show email discussions that reflect a Board Member's "possible conflict of interest" between the board and the bank that employs him. A Board Member requested "sensitive HR-related information" in conjunction with loans to be made by "the bank at which he is employed outside of normal channels." A Board Member inserting himself in the bidding process.
Other violations include Board Members seeking special treatment.
A Board Member was involved in his daughter's student shadowing of a teacher, requested favors of the Howard High School Principal for his and his co-worker's children rather than follow proper channels.
Allegations of requesting information on the sale of assets from the district, indicating he may wish to purchase. And a requested 17 seats at graduation for a Board Member's family.
The Bibb County School District did not comment on the audit, which can be found on their website. A representative of the district did say he expects the School Board to discuss the audit at Thursday's scheduled School Board meeting.