SC Office of Inspector General has received complaint about FDTC

Florence Darlington Technical College (WPDE file)

S.C. Inspector General Brian D. Lamkin said his office received an anonymous complaint back in December of concerns about the budget at Florence Darlington Technical College (FDTC) and not getting a pay raise from the school.

Lamkin said he sent the complaint to the S.C. Technical College System which works with the states 16 technical colleges.

Kelly Steinhilper with S.C. Technical College System Creative and Strategic Development sent us the following statement about the complaints against FDTC:

"We have received concerns via our hotline from staff at Florence-Darlington Technical College as well as a request from the Inspector General and we are in the process of looking into those claims. I cannot comment at this time on an ongoing inquiry."

Several former and current FDTC employees have expressed concerned about the college's financial stability.

FDTC has to pay back nearly $1.7 million to the U.S. Department of Education for federal student financial aid violations.

FDTC's Attorney Mark Buyck, III told us two weeks ago the college is in good financial shape and will repay the $1.6 million to the U.S. Department of Education over three years. Buyck said the school implemented new practices that shouldn't allow the mistake to happen again.

The college's board will hold a special called meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss contract and personnel matters.

We'll let you know the outcome of the meeting.

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