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Galey agrees to ‘pause’ legislative investigation into ABSS finances

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Senator Amy Galey, who represents Alamance County in the General Assembly, announced late Wednesday afternoon that she has agreed to ‘pause’ an ongoing investigation into the Alamance-Burlington school system’s finances and policies.

Galey’s decision came at the request of ABSS interim superintendent Dr. Bill Harrison, according to a statement she released shortly before the newspaper’s press deadline Wednesday. Harrison took over as the interim superintendent on March 18, following months of turmoil within ABSS that culminated on March 4 with the resignation of then-superintendent Dr. Dain Butler.

Galey had revealed on February 5 of this year that she had asked the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations (“Gov Ops”) within the General Assembly to investigate the school system’s finances amid a series of financial crises, brought on in part by the discovery of toxic black mold in 33 ABSS facilities last fall that cost $27.1 million to remediate.

However, Galey pointed Wednesday to the same financial crises – along with the need to finalize the school system’s county budget request for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1 – as the basis for her decision to pause the investigation.

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Harrison, who took over as the interim superintendent on March 18, following the resignation of then-superintendent Dr. Dain Butler two weeks earlier, based his request on the fact that school system’s budget is required to be presented to the Alamance County Board of Commissioners by May 15, “ABSS currently has no finance officer,” according to Galey’s statement.

State senator Amy Galey
Interim ABSS superintendent Dr. Bill Harrison

“The months of chaos at ABSS clearly have taken a toll on the school system’s ability to submit a budget to the county,” Galey explained. “In recognition of that, I am happy to work with ABSS so that they can complete their budgetary obligations on time.”

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