MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Two candidates running for the Bibb County School Board are expressing concern over an audit the school system presented at last night's board meeting.
"As a member of the community, as a tax payer, I am shocked that 51 million dollars of our tax money was spent without appropriate authorization," said Daryl Morton, candidate for Post 7 on the board.
That's what auditors found at the Bibb County Board of Education meeting Thursday night.
The yearly audit indicated the former superintendent spent millions without proper board approval.
41NBC spoke with Macon-Bibb District Attorney David Cook, and he says he will look into the matter.
But that isn't quieting concerned opinions yet.
Daryl Morton has announced his candidacy for Post 7 on the board in the upcoming election, and he is shocked this has happened.
"At a time when we have scare financial resources, it's incumbent upon our educational leadership to use every dollar wisely and it didn't happen here," said Morton.
He supports a full investigation.
"And I don't know how the system can move forward and instill trust in the community without being willing to have a full and transparent investigation of this situation," said Morton.
Darren Latch announced his candidacy for Post 8 Thursday night during the meeting, and he mirrors Morton's feelings.
"Personally I think a grand jury does need to be called, if for nothing else to prove beyond any doubt that there was no illegal activities," said Latch.
However, he is glad the current board is working to remedy the situation.
"I've learned a lot about the way the board operates, the way it should operate, and the way they're currently moving now, which I'll give full credit to Dr. Smith and the current board, with the new members, for most cases they're providing due diligence," said Latch.
Morton hopes to avoid this kind of situation if he's elected.
"And I'm going to be asking is this something that we really need, is it worth what we're paying for it? How is it going to help the system--how is going to help teachers teach and our students learn," said Morton.
The Interim Superintendent, Dr. Steve Smith, will hold a news conference concerning the audit's findings Monday afternoon.
The district attorney would not provide a timeline for his investigation into the matter.