The superintendent of the Wake County, N.C., public schools, will reassign to a new job the administrator who authorized payment of inflated bills from area cab companies. The companies are alleged to have deliberately overbilled the school district, charging it for transporting children to and from school on days they did not attend and, in some instances, for children no longer enrolled. (See Education Week, March 27, 1985.)
After receiving a 14-page preliminary report by two district officials on the overpayments, Superintendent Robert E. Bridges agreed to move Joseph P. Abron, supervisor of the district's contract transportation program for the last seven years, to a new post. What position Mr. Abron will fill has not been determined.
Based on the report's recommendations, Mr. Bridges also agreed to hire a full-time business manager for the school system, as well as a full-time internal auditor to monitor the schools' $150-million budget.
The county district attorney is investigating whether to bring charges against the cab companies.
A Detroit judge has ruled that a man who held three Detroit schoolchildren hostage in their classroom this month is not mentally competent to stand trial. (See Education Week, April 10, 1985.)
Alim Khan Sanders, age 19, was ordered to a forensic facility for 15 months for observation and treatment.
A psychiatric-clinic report said Mr. Sanders could not understand the charges against him and could not assist in his defense in a "rational and reasonable manner."
Mr. Sanders has been charged with three counts of kidnapping and one count of extortion following the April 2 incident, in which he entered an elementary school on Detroit's north side armed with a rifle and held three children hostage until he surrendered to police four hours later.
Vol. 04, Issue 31