Smallwood alleges credit card misuse

Published 8:43 am Tuesday, September 27, 2011

GATESVILLE – In her last superintendent’s report to the Gates County Board of Education at its regular monthly meeting held on Sept. 12, outgoing school superintendent Dr. Zenobia Smallwood praised the faculty and staff at each of the schools for a smooth opening to the 2011-2012 school year.

She noted that a high level of professionalism and dedication was exhibited throughout the district on the first day.  However, Smallwood did remind Board members of their obligation to always keep the interest of the students at heart when decisions are made, and not make decisions based on their personal interest. Smallwood went on to applaud the district’s staff for the positive decisions that they make on a daily basis.

“The limited finances that the schools have for the students should not be used for your personal expenses, whether it’s intentional or unintentional,” noted Smallwood.

When asked to elaborate, Smallwood would only say that use of certain Board members’ school system credit card had been used for a personal expense.  If this had been a staff member, there would have been consequences.

Smallwood announced at the June 28 board meeting that her retirement would be effective October 1, 2011.

“It’s good to step off on your own terms,” stated Smallwood.  “My goal as superintendent was to provide leadership and assist the district’s staff in making continued improvements.  With the help of the entire district’s staff, the parents, and the community, I believed we achieved that goal.  Together we have taken our system to a higher level of achievement, and we can all be proud of that.”