Public records indicate that Superintendent Jackie Pons bought a vacant piece of property from Paul Byrd for $200,000 in 2008 and then, despite a decline in property values, sold it back to Mr. Byrd for the same amount in 2010.

Both transactions were deemed by the Franklin County Property Appraiser to be “unqualified sales.”

This means that the sale was not an arms length transaction and that other factors were involved in the transaction that would affect the sales price.

Paul Byrd, who was recently arrested after deputies said they found cocaine, prescription medicine, a set of digital scales and more than $1,600 during a traffic stop, was an assistant superintendent of Leon County Schools.

Tallahassee Reports was able to confirm that between 2008 and 2010 Mr. Byrd had responsibilities over maintenance and construction of school facilities.

Superintendent Pons and the Leon County School Board have come under fire for approving no-bid construction contracts to campaign donors.

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