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Granville Co. school board member says audit review a 'slow process'

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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. -

The Granville County school board is asking residents to stay patient while the board works to sort through an audit that revealed 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.

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.

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.

Hundreds came to Monday night's school board meeting wondering why the school system's administrators needed those kinds of salaries. The board met behind closed doors Monday to discuss the audit and "personnel matter," but after midnight it voted to resume the meeting on June 11.

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.

"It's kind of frustrating that they are getting raises when teachers aren't -- and lots of teachers are upset about it," Catherine Hensley pointed out.

School board member Rose Lyon said she understands why the community is upset, but asks those with concerns to bear with the board while it sorts through the audit report and its implications.

She said the board requested the audit because "things didn't seem right at the time."

Farley disputes the audit's claim, insisting that board minutes show there was a vote. He also said there is more to the story than what the audit is saying.

Lyon said that story is "yet to be seen" and the board needs "to look at everything."

"It's a slow process," Lyon said.

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