CCSD’s systemic problem and its expensive consequences
Part 8: District’s internal financial controls revealed as effectively nonexistent
In October 2013, the executive director of the administrators union for the Clark County School District was highly agitated over draft policy guidelines being offered for the school board’s review.
Although the guidelines seemed normal for government officials — requiring them to publicly disclose conflicts of interest — Stephen Augspurger nevertheless was saying he took great offense at the draft rules.
Augspurger, chief of the Clark County Association of School Administrators & Professional-Technical Employees, thought he saw within one draft insulting “insinuations” that one or more district administrators might be doing something improper…
…Multiple years of hidden CCSD administrator corruption
As would soon become public information, however, corruption of significant scope had been ongoing for a minimum of seven years in at least one corner of the district’s central office.
At the very time Augspurger was addressing trustees, a long-running theft ring was plundering the district under the orchestration of a trusted and effectively unsupervised CCSD administrator, Priscilla Rocha.
As news stories throughout 2014 and 2015 would detail, Rocha, while pulling down a significant district salary, was also operating the theft ring from behind her directorship of CCSD’s Adult English Language Acquisition Services (AELAS) program.
The gang, organized and led by Rocha:
When Rocha was finally suspended from her director job in March 2014, she was annually pulling down, according to Transparent Nevada, some $141,000 in salary and benefits. Although some of that income ended with her criminal conviction, she will still receive a taxpayer-funded Nevada PERS pension for life — approximately $71,000 annually.
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