Head resigns over inquiry into loo seat expenses claims
A HEAD TEACHER on a six-figure salary quit after an inquiry was launched into her suspicious expenses claims, including £35.99 for a lavatory seat.
Jeanette Dawson, 62, was principal of Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire for 14 years, but stood down last October after concerns were raised about her expenses, which totalled £21,000 in just 18 months.
The £140,000-a-year teacher claimed £225 for a rug, £450 on three Waitrose shopping trips and £6,000 on hotels, as well as a £35.99 “White Wood T&G Toilet Seat”, the BBC said.
Bishop Burton College confirmed Mrs Dawson had resigned after it started the inquiry into her expenses.
It said: “The investigation highlighted a lack of transparency around the terms upon which expenses were incurred in the past. This included a lack of clarity about hospitality expenditure and how the college benefited from this.
“Financial controls around expenses and credit card claims have since been reviewed and tightened to ensure there is greater scrutiny and more transparency to prevent any recurrence.”
Mrs Dawson could not be reached for comment.