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School System Reimbursed
Tuesday, 09 March 2010

March 9--  A publisher has reimbursed the Montgomery County school system for the cost of a pamphlet which was used to promote a county school bond issue last Fall.

School board member Deloris James made the expenditure public at this month's meeting of the Montgomery County school board and objected to the school system using tax dollars to influence voters.  The brochure included a statement which said "No public money or tax dollars are being used for this campaign."

School Superintendent Dr. Lynn Batten says his office made "an error" in paying for the brochure.  He said the printing should have been paid for by Morgan-Keegan, the bond broker which was seeking to sell the school construction bonds if approved by voters.  The bond issue was defeated.

At James' request, the school system has furnished board members a copy of a check for $917.84 reimbursing the school system for the printing charges.

March 10/Editor's Note:  Dr. Batten today provided clarification regarding paragraph 3, above.  He called to say Morgan-Keegan actually paid the initial printing bill, then forwarded an invoice to the school system which was for full disclosure purposes.  Dr. Batten says someone in the school system office thought the invoice was a bill and mistakenly paid it.  Therefore, the bill was paid twice and the check from the printer was to clear the books of the overpayment.  The printer's check was dated March 1, 2010, the same date Mrs. James started asking the school system's central office about the payment.

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