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Montgomery School Super Unaware of Complaint
Wednesday, 29 April 2009

April 29--  The school superintendent in Montgomery County says he is unaware  a complaint has been filed against him with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).

Dr. Lynn Batten reports he has not seen the story in the Vidalia newspaper nor received any formal notification from the PSC.  He says he has not been contacted by the paper.

The paper quotes an unnamed source as reporting the complaint centers on the transfer of $600,000 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue to the school system's operating account last year.  Such sales tax collections are only to be used on projects approved by the voters and not for day-to-day operations.

Dr. Batten admits he was wrong to have moved the money to meet short term cash flow problems last year and says the balance which wasn't used for capital projects was returned to the school system's sales tax revenue (SPLOST) account.  "I should not have done it," he said.

Dr. Batten is the second Montgomery superintendent to have a complaint filed with the PSC.

The Montgomery County school board hired Dr. Batten two years ago after then-Superintendent Dale Clark was reported to the Professional Standards Commission which revoked her education credentials. 

A state audit later revealed Clark used tax dollars to pay for cell phones issued to relatives of school system employees in what the audit called "an abuse of power by the school district's upper management."

Clark's appeal of the PSC decision is still pending a hearing by an administrative law judge, according to state officials in Atlanta.

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