Missing school grant funds spur investigation

Several school district employees and a community group are under investigation after grant funds allegedly went missing.

The issue was brought to the attention of the Board of Education when a community partner of the district approached the board with a concern, Commissioner Sandra Lee Fewer and President Jane Kim said. The school board immediately contacted the district attorney to investigate. According to Kim, the community group that originally raised the alarm is under investigation, too.

The district attorney is actively investigating the case, said spokesman Seth Steward, but neither he nor San Francisco Unified School District spokeswoman Gentle Blythe would comment further.

School board Commissioner Jill Wynns said the case involved “various grants,” but no general-fund money or other dollars that pay teachers or programs that had to be cut recently.

Kim and Fewer confirmed that a handful of employees had been put on paid leave. Kim said the board is “waiting to terminate their employment” until the criminal investigation reaches more ­conclusions.

kworth@sfexaminer.com

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