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FBI investigates at Albuquerque charter school

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FBI agents remove boxes from the Southwest Secondary Learning Center charter school. A spokesman with the agency said the agents were there as part of an investigation, but he would not provide details and school officials could not be reached. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

FBI agents remove boxes from the Southwest Secondary Learning Center charter school. A spokesman with the agency said the agents were there as part of an investigation, but he would not provide details and school officials could not be reached. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

FBI agents on Thursday were at Southwest Secondary Learning Center charter school in Albuquerque as part of an ongoing investigation, FBI spokesman Stephen Marshall said.

The agents were seen loading boxes into two dark-colored vans parked outside the school near Morris and Candelaria during the afternoon.

Marshall said he could “confirm we have agents over there as part of an ongoing investigation,” but he would not say what the agency was investigating or whether it involved a specific individual or individuals.

The Journal could not reach principal Al Baysinger on Thursday afternoon. Chief Financial Officer Scott Glasrud did not return a phone call left at the school or on his cellphone Thursday, nor did he respond to an email from the Journal.

Jennifer Chavez, who has been a spokeswoman for the school, said she had no information because her contract with the school expired July 1.

Geneva Schult said she went by the school at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday to sign a form so her son could take one of the school’s online courses. She said she saw the vans parked in front of the building.

“I thought ‘What are they doing? They can’t park there,’ ” she said. “I walked up to the door and there was a big blue sign that said ‘Closed’ but it didn’t say why or give any other information.”

Schult said the door was ajar, and she noticed several file boxes in the lobby and an FBI agent.

She said another man in a dress shirt and tie, who did not identify himself, told her the school would reopen today. The phone at the school went unanswered Thursday and nobody could be reached to confirm when it would reopen.

The campus contains Southwest Primer, Intermediate and Secondary schools that serve students in grades 4-12.

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