FBI Looking Into School District Stipend Questions

4 years 1 month 1 week ago Friday, April 11 2014 Apr 11, 2014 Friday, April 11, 2014 9:33:33 AM CDT April 11, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. JOSEPH (AP) - Federal investigators are looking into questions about a northwest Missouri school district's finances.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports FBI agents met Thursday with St. Joseph district Superintendent Fred Czerwonka and Human Resources Director Doug Flowers.

FBI spokesman Kurt Lipanovich declined to confirm the investigation, but said the agency is always interested in listening to allegations of financial fraud or misuse of funds by the school district.

A board member raised questions last month about $250,000 in unauthorized stipends awarded to top school officials at the beginning of the school year.

Czerwonka apologized Thursday for awarding stipends to all administrators, principals and assistant principals without getting permission from the board.

He has said the stipends were a way to address low administrative salaries and declining morale in the district.

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