Durham schools ending use of credit cards

Questions about superintendent's use of card leads to district-wide policy.
November 25, 2013 1:51:24 PM PST
The Durham County School Board decided Monday to end all use of district-issued credit cards.

The move came after an investigation into Superintendent Eric Becoats use of a card on which he ran up $20,000 worth of charges.

The school board terminated Becoats' card after it said it found charges it thought were unnecessary. Now, it's going further - ending all card use by district employees.

"There was not specificity perhaps around procedures for the use of resources by the superintendent. We want the community to have confidence in Durham Public Schools and the board of education and that's one reason we're taking this step today," explained board chair Heidi Carter.

Carter also said they now have a list of travel and expense policies and procedures that are spelled out - even though they were in place before.

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