Former McCracken superintendent spent almost $95K without approval

Brian Harper

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — Just under $95,000 of tax money was spent without permission in the McCracken County School District.

We’re now learning that former McCracken County Schools Superintendent Brian Harper signed off on installing secure entrances at three county schools without following protocol.

That money is the combined cost of installing secure entrances at Lone Oak Elementary, Hendron Lone Oak Elementary, and Heath Elementary, which Harper signed off on. State rules say a project like that has to be approved by both the local school board, and the Kentucky Department of Education. Harper didn’t get approval from anyone. Because the cost is more than $20,000, by law the project should have been bid out — but Harper did not do that either. The McCracken County School Board’s attorney, Butch Bradley, says the district is working to fix this.

“Those were already done, so to clear up the record we have to go through the BGE process, and grounds process, and those approved by the KDE,” says Bradley.

At Thursday night’s meeting, the board voted to submit the appropriate forms to the state for the entrances. The next step is to get an architect to come and inspect the entrances to make sure they comply with state standards. If the entrances do not meet state standards, more money will have to be spent to fix them.

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