Audit: An EBR school's program director resigns after $9,000 in electronics went missing

Audit: An EBR school's program director resigns after $9,000 in electronics went missing

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A part-time EBR school teacher resigned after he was questioned about stolen items. An audit released Monday reveals the alleged thefts date back to when Donald Taylor, 49, started with the school system.

"It is a good bit of money, and it is for important purposes to help our children," said Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera is referring to more than $9,000 from a federal grant spent on computers and electronics at Northdale Superintendent's Academy. An audit released Monday revealed it's all missing.

"Apparently, there was a program director that resigned from the school system that was over this particular federal program," said Purpera.

Taylor was that program director.

"He was hired in 2008 as a substitute teacher. He transferred to the JAG program as a part-time employee back in 2012, and he ended up resigning last year," said East Baton Rouge School Board's Keith Bromery.

Last summer, a principal at Northdale Superintendent's Academy noticed some items missing: two IPads, a printer and some other items. When they confronted Taylor about it, he returned those items, but some of those things were not on the missing list. That's when an independent CPA came in and conducted an audit and found more than $9,000 worth of items missing dating back to 2008.

Bromery said Taylor resigned after they confronted him about the alleged thefts. In Sept., the school system asked the sheriff's office to investigate. In Oct., Taylor was arrested for felony theft. Bromery said IPads, a projector, audio video equipment, portable speakers and microphones and more was stolen.

Bromery said the school system is required by state law to put an inventory tag on anything worth more than $1,000 to keep track of it, but he said they tag anything that costs $300 or more, which is how they were able to track specific items as missing and even recover some.

"About $3,000 of the $9,000 that went missing, we've recovered," said Bromery.

Anyone with information on the remaining missing items is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.

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