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Moore County School Board Addresses Accusations of Corruption At North Moore High School

Posted September 23, 2003

— The Moore County School Board Monday night addressed questions of corruption at North Moore High School.

Lawyer Richard Schwartz investigated the situation and presented his findings to the board. He looked into allegations that someone misused state money, then asked the principal to cover it up.

There was no word late Monday on whether or not a decision was reached at the meeting.

It has been a bumpy ride for North Moore High School since the accusations of corruption came out.

"Ethically, they are teaching our kids to grow up and have morals behind them," said resident J.D. Millikan. "So, yeah, I would expect more out of the Superintendent, because he is on a pedestal, should be on a pedestal.

Said resident Estelle Gatewood: "It just does not sound right. But you don't know until something is proved, you know. So, I don't know. It just sounds like it is just not right at all."

The state gives school systems money to help students who need it. But some say North Moore used the dollars to reward students who scored well on their SATs instead.

"The school is supposed to look out for all the students, not just some of them," said Moore County resident Pamela Blue.

Said Millikan: "Here in rural Moore County, in Robbins, in Pinehurst, you wouldn't expect that down here because we don't have that many people, and everybody knows everybody's business. So why would you even think you could get away with something like that?"

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