Head Start is without an executive director

Aug. 20, 2010 at 3:20 a.m.

Joyce Hyak, former executive director of the local Head Start program, is no longer with the organization.

The staffing change came Wednesday at 5:01 p.m., said Evelyn Burleson, board president for Advocates for Children and Families, Inc., which oversees the child development program.

"We really have no comment about that," Burleson said Friday. "We just don't have an executive director any more."

The federal government placed Advocates for Children and Families, Inc. under a 30-day funding suspension on Aug. 11.

The suspension, the result of a report issued in late May by the Office of the Inspector General, came because of various financial issues.

A letter notifying the organization of the suspension listed several factors, including using grant funds awarded to pay previous years' expenses, lacking an effective financial management system and maintaining questionable arrangements with an accounting consultant and auditor.



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