Former TPS business manager under investigation at new district

CLEVELAND - Dan Burns, former business manager for Toledo Public Schools who left to work for Cleveland Public Schools in July 2006, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into purchasing practices, News 11 has learned.

Burns had been TPS business manager for 30 years before accepting a position in Cleveland that would keep him working with former TPS Superintendent Eugene Sanders.

Invoices for $160,000 worth of equipment that had not, in fact, been purchased are the basis of the investigation, unconfirmed reports indicate.

News 11 and WTOL.com will provide more details as they become available.

From a Cleveland Municipal Schools news release:

Two CMSD Employees On Administrative Leave

As a result of a routine state audit of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, an investigation of purchasing practices has been initiated. Equipment with an approximate value of $160,000 is the center of this investigation. Two CMSD employees, Mr. Daniel Burns, Chief Operating Officer and Mrs. Shenee McCoy-Gibbons, Executive Assistant, have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of this ongoing investigation.

"We take seriously the public's trust in the integrity of our fiscal systems. Therefore, I have directed my staff to fully cooperate with authorities during this investigation and to review all fiscal controls to ensure full accountability of our purchases", says Dr. Eugene Sanders, Cleveland Schools CEO. "Our focus continues to be the education of our students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District", Sanders continues.

Under the advice of legal counsel, the District and the Board of Education will not provide any additional information that may interfere with this active investigation. Mr. John Hairston, Chief Communications Officer, will be the point of contact and will provide additional information as facts become available.