Durham school board cancels Superintendent Becoats credit card

A special meeting was held Monday to discuss Superintendent Eric Becoats' credit card usage.
October 22, 2013 4:33:31 AM PDT
Durham County School Board members spent Monday evening looking into charges of up to $20,000 on a county-issued work credit card belonging to Superintendent Eric Becoats.

Board members said after a meeting Monday that they want Becoats to answer for every penny. They also said the investigation into the expensive charges on his card will be handed to their attorney, and that he will no longer have access to the credit card.

Overall, they offered few words from what went on for three hours in the meeting.

"We will continue to work on policies and procedures to enhance operations within the district and I'm going to continue to focus on academic achievement cause, at the end of the day, that's what's most important to ensure our children are progressing," said Becoats after the meeting.

The board chair Heidi Carter called this special meeting after seeing a list of charges on the superintendent's work credit card. Carter wanted Becoats to explain charges that include extravagant meals, and hotels, along with trips to out of town conferences. There were also gas charges to get to those trips.

In all, there were things the board felt unnecessarily ran up charges of $20,000 in a year.

Even though Carter called the meeting, she didn't have much to say.

"The board has unanimously directed our school attorney working with staff to continue to review the credit card, other charges, and whether other action including reimbursement of any charges needs to be taken," said Carter.

While Becoats' card was already suspended, the other big decision made Monday was to terminate it completely.

Carter also says the board will have an open session soon to consider financial controls, policies and procedures.

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