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SCS Board: Audit System Needs Overhaul

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) - It's been a year since an audit revealed more than $48 million worth of legacy Memphis and Shelby County Schools assets were missing and still no policy changes as were promised.

The school district audit committee has a six-month plan but school board members Wednesday evening demanded immediate action before the start of the next fiscal year.

"At this point we still really don't have a plan for this as we begin making purchases on July 1 with the new dollars to ensure to the tax payers that we're going to be any better than we were," said SCS Board Member David Pickler.

During the audit committee's report, it was revealed that Legacy MCS shut down use of their inventory tracking system between 2005 and 2008, possibly for budget reasons according to committee member Melvin Burgess.

"We have three years' worth of purchases that effectively are nowhere to be found in our system," said Pickler.

While board members want to adopt new inventory tracking policies by the next school board meeting, Burgess said the audit committee needs to clean up the audit data first.

"Until you get that cleaned up, which we're doing now and as it goes forward, then it's like beating a dead horse," he said, "What's the point?"

The school board also in agreement that people need to be held accountable when items go missing.

"There should be a policy in place when something may go on your file, something is known that you're not a good steward of these resources," said SCS Board Member Kevin Woods.

SCS Board Member Teresa Jones added, "There should be a timeline of one or two or three days when someone has to come forward and give whoever the appropriate person is reasons and explanation where that material is."

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said AutoZone officials, one of many businesses consulting SCS on their current inventory system, are shocked at the how poorly it's run. Board members call the system fundamentally broken and flawed.

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