$48 million in school equipment missing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Shelby County School board ordered an outside audit that shows that $48.4 million in school equipment is missing or unaccounted for in the district.

The Commercial Appeal reported that the auditor, Maryland-based ProBar, was unable to account for more than 54,270 pieces of equipment, including laptop computers, hard drives, tools and driver training cars.

More than 44,000 pieces of equipment were missing from legacy Memphis City Schools, while 10,200 pieces from a total of 56,290 pieces -- 18 percent -- were missing from the former Shelby County Schools. The two districts merged July 1, forming a district with 150,000 students.

Board member David Pickler said the equipment was accounted for on June 30 by the district's internal auditing department.


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