Senator-Elect Grilled over Audit Findings of Region 8 School District

DECEMBER 13, 2006 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A state senator-elect whose school district was the target of several audit findings by a legislative panel faced sharp criticism yesterday from one of his future colleagues, who called the district an "embarassment."

Senator-elect Jack Crumbly, who is the superintendent of the Earle School District, defended his district over a report that it broke state bidding laws and other findings presented to a legislative audit panel.

Auditors said the district did not follow state bidding laws when it did not solicit bids for about $100,000 worth of materials and renovations.

Representative David Dunn criticized Crumbly and the district for the violations and said he believed school officials were violating state law on purpose.  Crumbly says the district didn't think the items needed to go out for bid.

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