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Disclosure policy is voted down in Hillsborough

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August

In a late night conversation reminiscent of the auditor debate earlier this year, Hillsborough School Board chairwoman April Griffin tried unsuccessfully to introduce a new financial disclosure policy for district staff who control large sums of money.

Griffin declined to name any specific events that led her to introduce the motion shortly after 9 p.m. Member Doretha Edgecomb said she was frustrated that the board was not given a solid reason. Griffin said she simply wanted to restore public trust in the district.

Members Susan Valdes and Cindy Stuart backed Griffin but Edgecomb and Carol Kurdell did not. Member Stacy White said he agreed with her philosophically but did not have enough specifics, such as where the financial disclosure forms would be filed. In January, White voted similarly against a motion by Griffin to hire an independent auditor, saying he appreciated the sentiment but the plan was flawed.

Member Candy Olson had left by the time the vote was taken. It was 3-3.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 9:55pm]

    

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