Fri., July 20, 2012 10:00am (EDT)

State Freezes Some Dougherty Funds
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The Georgia Department of Education is freezing the disbursement of certain federal funds to the Dougherty County School System until the district resolves allocation and expenditure issues. (Photo Courtesy of Zack McCarthy via Flickr.)
The Georgia Department of Education is freezing the disbursement of certain federal funds to the Dougherty County School System until the district resolves allocation and expenditure issues. (Photo Courtesy of Zack McCarthy via Flickr.)
The Georgia Department of Education is freezing the disbursement of certain federal funds to the Dougherty County School System until the district resolves allocation and expenditure issues.

The department has concerns the district has inflated the number of students who qualify for federal meal assistance and has not properly overseen federal grant programs. Much of the federal funding that school districts get is based on the number of poor students who qualify for federal meal assistance.

School district officials did not respond to requests for comment.

The district stands to lose about $10 million through the frozen funds. That would be significant for the district, which lists an operating budget of $114.8 million on its website. The district could still get the money if it clears up concerns.