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New Info: MCC worker says college disposed and transferred surplus equipment

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WILLIAMSTON, N.C. - A Martin Community College employee brings his claims against the school to the forefront. It is the latest to come out in a list of concerns brought to the Board of Trustees.

John Roberts, a maintenance supervisor at Martin Community College currently on medial leave tells 9 On Your Side the college threw away more than $350,000 worth of surplus items.

According to a letter sent in November 2006, to the State Surplus Property Officer, the college requested permission to dispose of 28 barber chairs, 8 cabinets, 1 cam, 29 chairs, 101 computers, 1 copier, 41 desks, 1 fax, 13 laptops, 3 micro fish, 14 printers, 4 projectors, 12 sewing machines, 4 shredders, 7 tables, 1 tape player, 5 TVs, 4 type writers and 1 video player.

The excuse: “Computers and monitors are obsolete and non operational offering no functional value to any user. All items are covered in mold and mildew with some of the mold assessed by FUSS & O’NEAIL as toxic, posing a liability to the college.”

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The total value of the items is $356,782---a number alleged in the “Crisis State of Martin Community College” document sent anonymously to the community.

“We just wasted money and had to pay for it to be hauled off." Roberts said.

The college paid about $7,000 to mediate the mold issue.

Roberts alleges the school of also transferring surplus items to the Bear Grass Charter School, which Vice-Chairman Charlotte Griffin serves as a board of director for. Robert provided us with pictures and email to prove his claims.

"I personally helped load it on Bear Grass' trailers and trucks and they delivered it. But it was our equipment and we did not go through any rules or regulations." Roberts said.

Colleges and universities must abide by state statute when transferring assets that Roberts says the school did not follow.

Chairman Jackie Gillam says she could not speak to the specific allegations but promises ‘if’ this did happen they followed proper procedure. Gillam says she is willing to go into specifics once the state auditor’s office completes their investigation.

Bear Grass’ principal Donna Moore said she was unaware of this transaction and deferred questions to Vice-Chair Griffin.

Roberts is in the process of presenting his records to the District Attorney’s Office; he too is looking forward to the results of the state’s investigation.

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