Ross Elliott, the Western School District's director of education, says a police investigation has deemed no charges were warranted and the school district is still pursuing the recovery of items referred to in the province's auditor general's report.
The Western School District says it is still pursuing legal avenues to recover items that have gone missing from a school within its jurisdiction that has had some of its spending practices singled out by the province’s Office of the Auditor General.
The auditor general’s report does not name the school and Ross Elliott, the district’s director of education, also refused to identify which school it was when asked Thursday.
Elliott did say the discrepancies in spending were initially the focus of an internal investigation and that the RCMP was subsequently involved, but no criminal charges were warranted. Still unaccounted for are two LCD high-definition TVs, another television, three VCRs, three DVD players, a digital camera, a desk, a laptop computer, an artificial plant, a storage cube and a wicker chair set.
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Over a period of six fiscal years, there were also 11 instances of liquor purchases for school functions totalling $700, nine instances of purchases totalling $4,200 not supported by invoices and $760 for gift certificates, donations and memberships for staff.
The principal of the school had a personal cell phone paid for by the district from September 2005 to June 2009 and the school paid the principal’s son $400 to perform routine tasks at the school.