School system investigates the sale of scrap metal from 2013-18

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The results of a nearly 10-week long investigation were brought before the Elizabethton City Schools Board of Education this week.   

Director of Schools Dr. Corey Gardenhour told News Channel 11 an extensive investigation was performed into the sale of scrap metal after questions were raised by school board member Eddie Pless.   

According to Gardenhour, the investigation showed that roughly $700 of scrap metal was sold during a period from 2013-18. That money was placed into a petty cash fund to reward workers for getting rid of scrap.   

The investigation found the money was placed into a petty cash fund starting in 2013. It was approved under a previous administration.  

Gardenhour said the school’s maintenance supervisor saw the practice was still going on in late February 2018 and ended the practice.   

The director said that local recyclers were contacted from 2018 until now and that no scrap metal has been accepted.   

Gardenhour said the investigation included the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office and Elizabethton Police Department. 

Moving forward, Gardenhour said that any money received from recycled scrap would have to be in the form of a check and deposited into a school system account.   

The school system investigation was spurred after an independent study was conducted by Pless.   

“With the way it works with independent board members doing an investigation into anything, all investigations need to be referred to the director of schools to handle the investigation,” Gardenhour said.   

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