Franklin federal hearing set Thursday

By The Associated Press

ABERDEEN — A federal judge has scheduled a plea hearing Thursday in Aberdeen involving former Greenville schools superintendent Harvey Franklin Sr.

Court documents do not reveal the details of the case involving Franklin, who resigned in May.

The Delta Democrat Times reports that the case is related to the state auditor’s investigation of money spent on training and supplies for a reading program.

Franklin will waive indictment in the case, according to court records.

The auditor’s office had subpoenaed financial information from Edna Goble, who owns Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Ga.

The company did business with the Greenville Public School District, which spent $1.4 million with the company on training and supplies for kindergarten through third grade. The reading program is called EDNA, for Early Detection Necessary Action.

The auditor’s office contends some of the supplies and training were never provided or were inadequate.

Goble had denied the allegations in a February interview with The Associated Press. Goble said her program is meant to compliment the schools’ normal curriculum.

The auditor’s office said the investigation was prompted by the concerns raised by the state Department of Education.

Franklin was named superintendent in Greenville in 2009.

During the 2010-2011 school year the EDNA program was introduced to the district based on Franklin’s recommendation.

Officials say Greenville was the only school district in Mississippi using EDNA.

According to the initial summary budget of the consulting agreement, Goble was paid $1,600 per day for 60 days, totaling $96,000, plus materials and supplies which totaled more than $350,000. Included in the costs of materials was a charge of approximately $2,400 for a copy of Goble’s book, “Failure Is Not An Option,” for each of GPSD’s program trainees and instructors.