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Changes designed to tighten books

Posted: June 9, 2013 - 12:03am

A few months ago, there was no small amount of grumbling when the Columbia County Board of Education moved to require all school supporter organizations to run their finances through each school’s bookkeeper.

More than 60 percent of those organizations, such as PTOs and booster clubs, were already in compliance, and school officials at the time said there was no specific problem prompting them to bring the rest of the groups into the fold. They said at the time, however, that there were several problems in the system that the change could fix.

We likely saw an example of that this past week.

Limited comments from Greenbrier High School Principal Chris Segraves indicate that baseball coach Chris Wilkins lost his post because of a couple of year’s worth of questions about handling concession-stand money.

There’s been no suggestion that any money was stolen – just that it wasn’t properly accounted. And that is precisely what the school board’s change is designed to fix.

There’s little question the fix isn’t perfect; none are. But long-term, it should mean there will be fewer opportunities for loose bookkeeping – and reduced temptation for theft.

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