GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - Greenwood Public School District employees paid back more than $3,700 to the state after the state auditor's office informed the district it had inappropriately used public funds for a retirement party and teacher appreciation gifts.
Lisa Shoemaker, a spokeswoman for the state auditor's office, tells The Greenwood Commonwealth that the district was very cooperative with the audit.
The auditor's office determined the district spent $1,675 for a retirement party and plaque for former superintendent Les Daniels, who retired in June 2008.
Officials say Daniels ended up personally paying back $2,097.
Additionally, $1,611 was deemed to have been spent on teacher appreciation gifts, which is not an allowed expense.
Also, a school district employee, James M. Ponder, repaid $144 in an unrelated case. Officials say Ponder had been paid for unexcused absences.
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