$13,000+ collected for school field trip goes missing in Albany

August 07, 2019 08:08 PM

ALBANY - At the Myers Middle School in Albany, the disappearance of $13,500 has become more than just a lesson in money management. It has now turned into a full-fledged police investigation.

"We did look around and we did exhaust everything that we could," said Kaweeda Adams, the Albany City School District superintendent.

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Adams says the district noticed the discrepancy while balancing the books for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

The story was first reported by the Albany Times Union.

The business office knew they had cut a check to pay for 47 7th graders to go on a field trip to Washington D.C., but then they also realized no one from the Myers Middle School had deposited a check of money collected from parents into the school district's bank account.

Of the $13,500 that is missing, about $2,800 was cash.

"We have notified parents to make sure they're aware of this situation," Adams said.

While police continue their investigation, Adams says the incident has caused the district to examine its money handling procedures. From now on, she says locked bank bags will be used. In addition, there'll be a stricter documentation procedure to better follow the transference of money from one location to the next.

"These procedures will be in place at the beginning of the school year," Adams promised. "There'll be training involved regarding school personnel."

The district says families that paid in cash won't have to come up with any additional money, but they're asking anyone who paid by check to "stop payment" and issue a new check.


Dan Levy

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