Audit: $48 million in Memphis school equipment missing

Audit: $48 million in Memphis school equipment missing

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MEMPHIS (AP) - An outside audit ordered by the Shelby County Schools board shows that $48.4 million in school equipment is missing or unaccounted for in the district.

The Commercial Appeal reports 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 from a total of 189,000 pieces, or 23 percent, 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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