Audit: Ferguson schools head misspent money in N. Carolina -

Audit: Ferguson schools head misspent money in N. Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An audit finds the superintendent running schools in Ferguson, Missouri, misspent federal education funds and failed to provide a reason or receipts for $94,000 in travel, meals and merchandise while he headed a North Carolina district.

North Carolina Auditor Beth Wood's office released a report Tuesday alleging improper spending at the Washington County school district formerly headed by Joseph Davis.

Davis left North Carolina last year to become superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, which educates most students living in the city that erupted in protests after the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Davis declined comment until he read the audit.

State auditors said Davis misspent nearly $16,000 in federal education funds on entertainment. The audit says Davis disregarded employees who warned against using the federal funds.

The district later responded with a statement:

The Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education and Superintendent Davis are aware of the North Carolina audit and will be meeting in the near future to discuss it. Dr. Davis followed all the board policies while superintendent in Washington County Schools and stands by that fact.

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