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School superintendent violates ethics law, fined

TUPELO — Lee County Schools Superintendent Jimmy Weeks will repay the district more than $33,000 and pay a $10,000 fine for violating state ethics law.

Weeks was cited by the Mississippi Ethics Commission for a cleaning and janitorial company he owned performing work for the school district. He offered to pay a $10,000 fine in addition to repaying the $33,426 he had received from the work.

“The commission determined his offer was an appropriate disposition and accepted the offer,” Tom Hood, executive director of the Ethics Commission, told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

“I believe that my decision to accept full responsibility in this particular matter is in the best interest of the Lee County School District and in keeping with the open manner in which I promised I would lead our schools,” Weeks said in a statement. “I will continue to focus my attention on my first priority, which is the best-quality education we can provide for the children of Lee County.”

The investigation found Weeks’ company, JW Contract Services LLC, had two contracts with the school district. One was for janitorial services while Weeks was principal at Mooreville Elementary. The other was a subcontract with Siemens Industry to clean up at the end of a project that installed heating, ventilation and air conditioning at six Lee County schools. That occurred when Weeks was assistant superintendent.

Both contracts were in 2010. Weeks was elected superintendent in 2011.

State law prohibits public servants, including school district administrators, from being a contractor, subcontractor or vendor with the school district that employs them. It also prohibits them from using their official position to obtain, or attempt to obtain, pecuniary benefit for themselves other than compensation provided by law.

Hood said the commission found Weeks in violation of both.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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