Fort Wayne Police are investigating missing funds from the Parent Teacher's Association at Arlington Elementary School. An audit that began on July 25th raised some questions for Arlington Elementary in Fort Wayne.
"During the audit we did find some discrepancies and right now we are considering those unaccounted for funds until the police and investigators finish their investigation," said Tina Hartman, the Indiana State PTA Chair.
Fort Wayne Community Schools is the largest school district in Indiana and each school has their own Parent Teacher Association. Funds are monitored by each PTA board for expenses like a field trip. Sharon Wise is President of the state PTA. She says members do have some access to funds.
"At any point in time a member can ask to see the books throughout the year," she says. "If they are a member of that PTA and because we are a public entity, they have that right."
Wise says the missing money has been narrowed down to a suspect or suspects. The matter will now be in the hands of Fort Wayne Police.
"We do not want the children to suffer in any way shape or form. So the person or persons do not have access to any of the money," said Wise.
Hartman says that Arlington's PTA will be monitored by the state to ensure they're on track throughout the school year.
"The children are our first priority, I can assure you we are going to work very closely with the officers this year with Arlington PTA, to ensure that they are on track and that they keep the school environment positive and engaging for the students," says Hartman.
Hartman and Wise have served the Indiana PTA for 15 and 26 years. Both say they have never seen this happen to Fort Wayne Community Schools. We will have more details about this investigation as they become available.