Hinds superintendent fined over software business

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hinds County schools Superintendent Stephen Handley is paying a $2,000 fine for illegally using district resources to develop educational software

Handley's private business sold the software to other school districts

State Ethics Commission Director Tom Hood tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/105rkfs) that the investigation began two years ago when the state auditor filed a complaint with the commission.

In addition to the $2,000 fine, Handley was ordered to pay the district $358 for improper use of its Internet address.

Handley says he made a mistake but has paid for it and is moving forward.

On Oct. 10, citizens suggested at a school board meeting that software was created and field-tested using district employees. Hood says the inquiry didn't find sufficient proof that Handley illegally used district personnel in his business.

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