Former Kentucky superintendent accused of abusing power

Friday, October 25, 2013

A former superintendent of Martin County Schools is accused of abusing his power to help his family while he was in office.

The Kentucky State Auditor's Office released a report on Tuesday saying Mark Blackburn assigned his wife a position in the school and let her keep her previous salary and job duties, which was $50,000 more than the person who previously held the position. This cost the school system $200,000 over four years.

Auditor Adam Edelen also says the audit revealed that Blackburn gave privately funded scholarships to two of his children and other relatives of district personnel.

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