Oak Ridge loses Head Start funding

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) – A Head Start program in Oak Ridge has been called off for next year after an audit concluded that the preschool’s principal threatened to fire teachers who didn’t create 33 false documents to satisfy federal auditors.

The Anderson County school system nixed next year’s $700,000 Head Start contract with the Oak Ridge Schools. School Director Larry Foster says he’ll have to make sure the monitoring process is up to standards.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/1txcJZR ) that auditors uncovered the issue in January after multiple teachers were called back to the preschool to create false records.

The Anderson County School System is the contractor that oversees the Oak Ridge Head Start program, a key component of the city’s preschool operated by Oak Ridge Schools.