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Report details host of stolen, lost items at APS

One juice box, a cello, a fake Reserve Officers’ Training Corps rifle and counterfeit money.

These are some of the hundreds of items Albuquerque Public Schools reported as stolen or missing in its most recent annual assets report, which totaled $116,214 in the 2017-18 school year.

Lost, stolen itemsThe report is compiled from APS police reports, detailing the date, location and value of the item that was lost or stolen.

On trend with previous reports, missing electronics were popular. The district reported 71 computers or laptops gone.

Janet Kahn School of Integrated Arts Elementary School reported the loss of 15 computers in the same month, adding up to an estimated $15,000 hit for the school.

APS Chief of Police Steve Gallegos said typically if a large number of computers are missing – such as at Janet Kahn – then it was the result of a single break-in.

Gallegos said that following such an incident, APS police will investigate and “take measures to tighten up controls.”

APS Executive Director of Technology Jason Johnson noted that not every computer can be tracked with GPS. To make that happen, it would cost the district about $1 million a year. He told the Board of Education it wasn’t worth the cost compared to the value of computers stolen.

He noted there are other measures of safeguards to ensure tech security, saying the district is able to track some devices like iPads, which can be shut off remotely.

According to the report, 21 iPads were reported stolen or missing.

As for Chromebooks, those require an APS login and, if stolen, can be disabled remotely.

But the report included much more than tech items.

The most costly item was a $2,700 “yearbook discrepancy” in which money students paid for yearbooks wasn’t deposited to Valley High School.

APS spokeswoman Monica Armenta said it appears a substitute teacher would sell a student a yearbook but didn’t give the school the money.

She said there were never any charges filed and she assumed the substitute was not with APS anymore.

Books, landscaping equipment, soccer balls and food also were listed in the five-page document.

The 2017-18 price tag is down about $86,000 from the prior school year.

The Activity Fund Support Supervisor, Sonia Montoya, said last year that the district had some vehicles stolen, which contributed to the higher loss.

In the 2015-16 school year, $158,196 worth of property was reported.

Still, APS Audit Committee Chairman and board member Lorenzo Garcia emphasized the importance of preventive measures.

“This is a lot of money, folks,” he said.

The report is sent to the Office of the State Auditor annually.