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5 CCSD employees placed on leave amid money investigation

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The emblem of the Clark County School District is seen on the walls of a boardroom in this undated image. (File/FOX5) The emblem of the Clark County School District is seen on the walls of a boardroom in this undated image. (File/FOX5)

Five employees of the Clark County School District have been placed on leave during an investigation into the alleged misuse of public funds, according to Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky.

At a press conference Monday, Skorkowsky said he was told about the possible misuse of funds connected to the district's Adult English Language Acquisition Services Department.

The program offers the parents of Clark County students English classes.

"Any employee who misuses district funds or equipment will be disciplined or referred to law enforcement," Skorkowsky said.

Skorkowsky said the district's police department determined there was enough evidence to turn the case over to Las Vegas Metro police for investigation. He said that investigation continues.

"We will not assume criminal activity occurred until Metro concludes its investigation," Skorkowsky said.

The superintendent said that five employees - among them two administrators of AELAS - were placed on leave.

"I have a no tolerance policy of employees who find ways to violate district procedures for personal gain," Skorkowsky said.

Investigators said they are taking stock of major purchases made through the program and locating those items.

Skorkowsky would not say how much money is alleged to have been misused, but he said the district's policies will be adjusted wherever necessary.

Police are conducting interviews and pouring through a year's worth of evidence, focusing on three areas.

"One, potential theft, two, misappropriation of money, and three, submission of false payroll invoices," said Metro's Capt. Brett Primas.

"As of today we are still inventorying thousands of items of evidentiary value in this case. We will continue to investigate the whereabouts of numerous other valuable CCSD assets that have not been accounted for," said Chief Jim Ketsaa with the Clark County School District Police Department.

According to officials, AELAS has been shut down. The school district said the department will be reorganized with the Education Services Division supervising the classes for parents with limited English skills.

Seventeen other employees from the department will be reassigned.

Anyone with questions about the classes or services offered by the program was asked to visit the Adult Education Office at 2701 E. St. Louis Ave or call 702-799-2701.

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