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Commissioner's statement on questioned funds still awaited

Harrison said he would have a prepared statement available next week. Harrison said he would have a prepared statement available next week.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Madison County Commissioner has yet to respond to allegations of missing grant funds.

A non-profit started by District 6 Commissioner Bob Harrison is at the center of those allegations. Huntsville City Schools wants to know what happened to $40,000 awarded to the organization.

At Wednesday's commission meeting, Harrison once again said he had no comment regarding the allegations, at least for right now. Harrison said he plans to release a statement on the matter next week.

Last week, Huntsville City Schools demanded a forensic audit and handed the issue over to the state attorney general. At this point, Harrison has not confirmed or denies the allegations.

Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski said this is past being just an ethical issue; it is now a legal issue.

The issue centers around a grant issued in 2008 by Huntsville City Schools to the non-profit Northwest Huntsville Community Services Organization - $40,000 in at-risk funds to tutor children.

Wardynski said the organization should not have qualified for the grant because it went to a quasi-governmental agency, with Commissioner Harrison at the head of it. He also points to the fact that it was run out of District 6 offices and had employees on county payroll.

Huntsville school leaders unanimously voted to approve a resolution requesting a forensic audit on the matter.

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