More than $3,000 disappeared from Pierce Hammock Elementary last summer, and somebody removed pages from school logs in what may have been an attempt to cover up the theft, a new school district audit finds.
The audit by the Palm Beach County School Board’s inspector general uncovered $3,540 that went missing after being collected by activity sponsors at the Acreage school. The money disappeared between late May and early June 2015.
At the same time, several pages vanished from the ledger for the school’s drop safe. The inspector general concluded that “someone deliberately removed some pages” from the ledger.
Auditors concluded that $3,540 collected by activity sponsors and submitted to the school “were neither deposited into the bank nor recorded in the internal funds general ledger.”
The school district’s police department investigated but was unable to develop probable cause to make any arrests, the audit shows.
The school’s treasurer and data processor resigned in March and the case was closed. Their names are not disclosed in the audit.
John Carvelli, the school’s principal at the time, declined to comment but told investigators in November that the school was adopting new safeguards.