JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – An audit of the Holmes County School District reveals widespread problems involving a former Superintendent.
State Auditor Shad White says former Holmes County superintendent James Henderson was paid $170,000 although the School Board voted to pay him $160,000. Auditors also identify payments made to companies owned by Henderson’s relatives for $14,000 dollars. This will be forwarded to the Mississippi Ethics Commission.
White is recommending Henderson repay the district $20,000 within thirty days. Henderson resigned to take another job in July.
White says the district paid over $4,200 for an “adults only” B.Y.O.B party to celebrate the passage of a bond issue that voters rejected. The school district also paid Henderson for relocation expenses in excess of the amount allowed by state law.
The audit includes a credit card used without school board authorization for 22 purchases worth over $12,000 which is being forwarded to the Auditor’s Investigations Division.