In March, FOX 31 first reported that the Dougherty County School System owed the Water Gas and Light Commission about $400,000 in federal e-rate payments. E-rate funds provide schools with wireless internet and other technology related items.
The federal payments stopped because of the systems Title I expenditure problems; it was alleged that several employees' children were receiving free or reduced lunches without qualifying for them.
DCSS decided in March to start making payments of $60,000 a month to WG&L. As of right now they've paid $420,000 which includes the monthly payments they owed on top of the outstanding balance.
Kenneth Dyer, the DCSS finance director, says WG&L is supposed to get some of that money back from the Universal Service Administrative Company and when that happens, DCSS will get money back as well.
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