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Former Raytown school board president under investigation

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Posted at 11:51 AM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 15:37:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New information surfaced Friday in the May resignation of Raytown School Board of Education President Dr. Kristie Collins.

The Raytown C-2 School District said in a statement that Collins' use of a district procurement card is under investigation by the board.

"All Board members are offered a district purchasing card (Pcard) to conduct district business which may fall outside of our normal purchase order (PO) process," the district told 41 Action News. "Board members can choose to deny a Pcard. It is a district credit card."

Collins cited personal reasons in her May resignation.

According to Raytown school district policy, purchasing cards are only to be used "to make purchases for the district or to pay for reasonable travel expenses incurred when performing job duties. Employees and Board members will not use these cards to circumvent the bidding and purchasing requirements established by law and Board policy. All purchases made using district cards must be attributed to the appropriate budget code and must conform to the Board-adopted budget."

District policy expressly forbids personal purchases: "Under no circumstances may employees use district funds to make unauthorized or personal purchases. Staff members may not artificially divide purchases to avoid bidding requirements or design bid specifications to favor a particular provider."

Earlier this week, the board appointed Alonzo Burton to fill the Collins' board position through April 2020.

Rick Moore will serve as the board’s president for the 2019-2020 school year.