Bloomington schools can’t track the money it spent on Hurricane Harvey recovery

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The Bloomington school district lacks documentation to show how it spent millions of dollars it received in Hurricane Harvey recovery money, the Victoria Advocate reported.

The newspaper filed an open records request for documents showing how the money was spent, but Superintendent Mark Anglin said in an emailed response there is nothing to show the Advocate. 

“At this time, I have not been able to locate any documentation accounting for the use of public funds that were allocated for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, and no checks or purchase orders were used that I can locate,” Anglin wrote. 

The district’s former financial director, Misty Brasfield, was fired last week after an internal investigation showed she may have misused a district credit card, the newspaper reported. 

Anglin told the Advocate that Brasfield paid the contractor who did the repair work for the district through wire transfers, which bypassed the need for purchase orders and checks. He said the district’s law firm has contacted Brasfield to try to get those records. 

Harvey caused an estimated $11 million in damage across the Bloomington school district when it hit in August 2017.

The Bloomington school district has faced its share of turmoil in the past year. Former superintendent Abbie Barnett, facing allegations of misconduct, resigned last year and was replaced by Anglin. Brasfield was under a cloud of suspicion for months before being fired at the Jan. 20 meeting.

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