Former Fayette Co. superintendent responds to financial audit

Former Fayette Co. superintendent responds to financial audit
Dr. Cedrick Gray
Dr. Cedrick Gray

(WMC-TV) – As the investigation continues into the Fayette County Schools financial problems, the former superintendent is trying to clear his name.

Dr. Cedrick Gray is now the superintendent of Jackson Public Schools in Mississippi.

Fayette County School Board members are now anxiously awaiting the results of an audit that will outline how he spent the district's money while he was the Fayette County superintendent.

School leaders believe while Dr. Gray was over the district they went over last year's budget by $2 million.

Since we spoke to School Board Commissioner Dana Pittman, Dr. Gray sent us this response:

"People, who know me, know my work and the tremendous amount of integrity that undergirds it. The audit will speak to the management of the finances in the district," said Dr. Gray.

Gray also explained charges on his Fayette County issued American Express card.

"The American Express card was used for travel for all employees, including teachers, because we did not pay out travel advances."

Dr. Gray said some of the factors that contributed to the deficit include fuel cost increases and a pay raise for teachers.

He worked for Fayette County under contentious conditions, including the resolution of a 50-year federal desegregation order that mandated the school system be more racially diverse.

Some accuse Gray's former colleagues of trying to tarnish his name even after he has moved on.

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