PRP officials under investigation by JCPS

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 7:59 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)--  A well-known Louisville high school principal and a high school baseball coach are under investigation.

JCPS officials said a 24 page report from the Office of Education Accountability alleges PRP High School Principal David Johnson allowed a private business to operate on the school's property.

"The school knew months ago that OEA was involved," Ben Jackey, JCPS spokesperson, said.

During that time, Jackey said JCPS began its own investigation into the report, which happens to coincide with a biannual audit of the school's activity fund.

The OEA states Johnson allowed PRP's baseball coach Bill Miller to operate a private business called Midsouth Baseball, Inc on school property without board approval. The OEA reports Miller's company used the school's address as its own.

"In 2012, JCPS conducted its own investigation and they determined there were transactions, at least one with Midsouth Baseball, Inc. and there was a disciplinary record put in Coach Miller's file. It was determined at the time the principal at PRP did not know at the time that was occurring," Jackey said.

The report alleges Principal Johnson knew all along.

"We'll take that information with the OEA report and any other info in the next few days and see if there's any action needed to be taken with the principal or coach," Jackey said.

The OEA also stated Johnson allowed athletic staff to rent the school's hitting facility to non-school organizations without JCPS authorization. Furthermore, the money made through these programs did not go through the district's treasury office, but rather into a "PRP Baseball" account.

"There were concerns that were raised by the internal auditors here with JCPS. They've been working with PRP to improve documentation, paperwork and the process and indeed that's happened over the last few years," Jackey said.

The OEA report also found Johnson used the schools credit cards for thousands of dollars worth of lavish stays at hotels and car rentals during out of town sporting events. Jackey said the money in question is not tax payer dollars.

"A big part of this are things that have been worked on in the last several years, and we have seen improvement in some, but what we have to find out is if there's been enough improvement," Jackey said.

Jackey says the JCPS audit is only part of the investigation, which is expected to wrap up in the next few days.

The OEA report recommended Johnson go through a three-hour training course on the rule books and reimburse the district for unauthorized expenses.

Neither Johnson or Miller are commenting on this investigation.
 

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