Bedden wants independent audit of schools

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News 12 at 6 o'clock - September 11, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Richmond County Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden says he's ready to make some big changes--but first he wants a school audit to figure out exactly where improvements need to be made.

Bedden wants to hire an outside company to come in and evaluate all the schools. He says the evaluation will be detailed and cover numerous areas.

Some of the areas that will be reviewed are safety and security, curriculum, transportation, system organization, personnel/faculty management and community involvement.

The total cost of the audit could be around $30,000.

Bedden says the funds would be well-spent, "the audit ends up identifying places where you may be overspending and places where you may be underspending so you can shift resources."

Thomas Norris, principal of Tubman Middle School likes the idea of having an audit, "there shouldn't be a cost factor when you're talking about children and their education."

The Board of Education approved the audit proposal Tuesday. A final vote will be Wednesday.

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