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Fayette Superintendent Seeks To Reassure Parents In The Wake Of Audit

Officials continue to grapple with the fallout from an audit of Fayette County Public Schools’ finances.

District superintendent Tom Shelton met with parents Thursday to outline his plan to address management problems uncovered in the report.

With the audit public and a plan of action on the table, Shelton and his staff now face the task of rebuilding trust in the district’s ability to handle its finances. Though no criminal wrongdoing was discovered, the audit did point to systemic management problems and a breakdown in communication between the budget and finance departments.

Thursday night, it was parents’ turn to quiz the superintendent on the process.

"It's going to be now about deeds and not words. I think it needs to be swift and it needs to be sincere. It needs to be public, transparent, this is what we're doing, and very well-communicated," parent Shawn Mofiled-Boswell told WKYT-TV.

Although Shelton is welcoming the auditor’s recommendations, he is disputing some of the findings that question the district’s salary structure.

The superintendent has promised to make compliance with the recommendations his primary focus for the next 60 days.

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