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Audit raises questions about pay for Granville Co. school administrators

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Granville County Schools Superintendent Tim Farley earns $192,492, making him the second highest paid superintendent in the state. Granville County Schools Superintendent Tim Farley earns $192,492, making him the second highest paid superintendent in the state.
An audit found Assistant Superintendent Allan Jordan's compensation went up from $92,000 in 2007 to $172,000 in 2012. An audit found Assistant Superintendent Allan Jordan's compensation went up from $92,000 in 2007 to $172,000 in 2012.
OXFORD, N.C. -

Crowds packed the Granville County school board meeting Monday, demanding to know why two school system administrators received large raises seemingly without formal approval of the school board.

A recent independent audit conducted for the school board found "the Board of Education did not always take formal action to approve contracts for administrators, to amend existing contracts, and to extend contracts of some administrators."

Among the audit's specifics, it claims that on May 7, 2012, the school board unanimously entered into a new contract with Granville County Schools Superintendent Tim Farley, but minutes from the meeting show no reference to a vote on his latest contract.

Farley, however, disputes the audit's claim, insisting that board minutes show there was a vote.

"There are plenty of votes," Farley said. "Go back and do the forensics. Go back to May, all the way back to November. You'll see there are votes."

The contract in question gave Farley a salary of $192,492, which the audit says makes him the second highest paid superintendent in the state. Farley's 2007 contract paid him $150,000 and in 2009 he earned $168,742.

For comparison, Wake County Public School System Superintendent Jim Merrill earns $275,000. But while Wake County boasts a student population of more than 150,000, Granville County has fewer than 10,000 students.

Farley said his raise came with the stipulation that he would take on more responsibilities.

"My raise was given to me 2 years ago with the stipulation that I would take on another additional responsibility of a superintendent that I did not replace," he said. "That's what's not being said."

The audit further claims that Assistant Superintendent Allan Jordan's compensation went up from $92,000 in 2007 to $172,000 in 2012. Only $1,800 of Jordan's raise resulted from school board action, the audit says.

Jordan was not at work on Monday and referred all question to his lawyer. Jordan's lawyer has not responded to WNCN's requests for comment.

The issue of Farley and Jordan's contracts is not on the agenda for Monday's school board meeting, but a number of parents and taxpayers wonder why the school system's administrators need those kinds of salaries.

"I'm pretty disgusted with the way this whole thing is being handled," Karen Henley said. "The fact they got big raises and teachers don't is wrong. That's the way I feel about it."

Farley said there is more to the story than what the audit is saying and said he will eventually comment on that, but would not say when.

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Steve Sbraccia

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