2005-01-21 / Front Page

Tsunami Relief Money Missing From Beach Channel High School

By Howard Schwach

Principal David Morris and a few of his staff members at Beach Channel High School will soon be disciplined for their failure to report the theft of money collected by teachers and students for tsunami relief, a spokesperson for the Department of Education (DOE) said on Wednesday.

According to Margie Feinberg, a press officer with the DOE, more than $500 collected for the relief of the East Asian tsunami victims is missing from the school. The loss was never reported to the DOE, as required by the chancellor’s regulations.

“The principal and other people who knew of the theft will receive a letter of reprimand,” Feinberg said.

According to DOE sources, the theft from the school’s main office was discovered by a teacher at the school on January 10.

Sources at the school say that the teacher who collected the money attempted to turn it over to the school treasurer last Friday, but found that the treasurer was absent. The teacher then reportedly safeguarded the money in a locked drawer. On Monday, however, it was missing.

The money was a mix of checks and cash, according to a source at the school, but there was no indication as to how much was cash.

The teacher reportedly notified a dean at the school and the UFT Chapter Leader, Scott Pecoraro.

The principal was reportedly subsequently notified as well.

Detectives from the 100 Precinct as well as school safety officers are working to find the person who took the money, according to the DOE.

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