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APS probes possible diversion of PTA donation

Copyright © 2016 Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Public Schools police are looking into reports of possible improper spending at North Star Elementary School.

The district is releasing few details about the case while the investigation continues, according to APS spokeswoman Johanna King, but documents from a Board of Education audit committee meeting scheduled for Thursday show that the questions center on funds the North Star Parent Teacher Association provided to the school for a shade structure.

However, the money appears “to have been spent on other expenses,” the audit committee document states.

North Star Principal Stephanie Fascitelli and APS Associate Superintendent of Elementary Schools Diane Kerschen went to the district’s internal audit department with concerns about the “activity funds receipting process” for the school at 9301 Ventura NE.

The board audit committee will discuss a report on the receipt discrepancy during an executive session.

King said more information will be available after the investigation is complete. She was not sure how long it will take.

Two members of the PTA did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

The new investigation comes days after APS board member Analee Maestas came under scrutiny for a questionable receipt submitted to the New Mexico Public Education Department for reimbursement of cleaning she claims occurred at La Promesa Charter School, which she runs. The name and address of La Promesa appears to have been written over Maestas’ home address, and the state is looking into whether the work actually took place at her residence.

Maestas is chairwoman of the APS audit committee.


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