A survey of the use of funds at Townfield Primary, an academic school in Oxton, resulted in a questionnaire.
The former principal of a Wirral school gave her daughter-in-law a hefty pay rise and received an iPad Pro and a Macbook Pro from the school as retirement gifts, according to a report.
A government panel investigated funding issues at the elementary school both before and after Kate Lee became principal.
The investigation report was published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), a government agency.
A spokesperson for the school said there had been “significant changes” since then, and all those criticized in the report no longer worked for Townfield Primary.
Money was found to have been spent at the Pandora jewelry store and used to pay for hotel stays and drinks for senior management, as well as refreshments and alcohol for the retirement party of former principal Kate Lee.
She found that Mrs. Lee, who ran the school for about two decades until December 2016, gave her daughter-in-law, a teaching assistant (TA) at the school, a salary increase of £13,248 sterling between March 2015 and February 2017.
The report states that the increase was granted “without due process or independent signature.
The former principal told the report’s authors that the salary increase was due to a reorganization of the school’s Early Years Department requested by Alison Durham, then head of the Early Years Department.
Ms. Lee instructed the school’s director, Philip Jones, to implement the 61% salary increase in January 2015, but according to the report, there was no other evidence to justify the salary increase.
Ms. Lee added that another assistant manager also had a similar salary increase, which was true, but Ms. Durham, now the school’s deputy principal, said she knew nothing about such reorganization or the salary increases.
Mr Behan denies any knowledge of the change, the report says.
Ms Lee also said that Ted Behan, the chairman of the school board, knew about her daughter-in-law’s salary increase and approved it orally.
The report says there is no evidence that Ms. Lee took steps to manage the conflict of interest involved in granting such a raise to her daughter-in-law.
The report identified the misuse of public funds in connection with credit card spending between February 2017 and February 2018.
According to the report, Douglas Stitcher was the principal of the school between February 2017 and November 2, 2018. Since July 2014, he has also been a trustee of Townfield Primary.
But Mrs. Lee is not the only former staff member of the school criticized in the report.