Last updated: October 24. 2013 7:29AM - 1215 Views
Kyle Lovern kovern@civitasmedia.com



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INEZ, Ky. – Mark Blackburn, the former superintendent of Martin County Schools, has been accused of abusing his power in order to help his family while he was in office.


The Kentucky State Auditor’s Office released a report on Tuesday saying Blackburn assigned his wife a position in the schools and let her keep her previous salary and job duties, which was $50,000 more than the person who previously held the position.


This cost the school system $200,000 over a four year period.


Auditor Adam Edelen also states that the audit revealed Blackburn gave privately funded scholarships to two of his own children and other relatives of district personnel.


According to a release from the auditor’s office, district staff and board members had no or minimal knowledge of the scholarship or recipient selection process.


Blackburn was superintendent in Martin County from 2005-2013, when his contract was not renewed.


Steven Meadows succeeded Blackburn as superintendent in July.


According to a press release, the examination into the schools also found that the former superintendent’s contract contained redundant or unclear benefits and that the board did not adhere to statutory requirements related to the evaluation of the former superintendent.


Some of the findings have been turned over to the Kentucky Board of Education.


Blackburn is currently an elementary school teacher in the Martin County Schools system. It is not known if the findings will affect Blackburn’s current position.


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