FBI Subpoenas Additional Information from SJSD

By Alan Van Zandt | avanzandt@kq2.com

Published 07/14 2014 04:44PM

Updated 07/14 2014 10:56PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)  Administrators at the St. Joseph School District confirm the FBI has subpoenaed additional documents in its investigation into potential wrongdoing within district offices.

Jake Long, assistant superintendent, would not go into detail as to the type of information that was being requested. However, he said it could take several weeks before it is all compiled.

"We will continue to comply with the FBI and will work to get everything put together as soon as possible," Long said. "Our hope is to have this all behind us before the start of school and the opening of our two new elementary schools."

The first day of classes is August 18.

The FBI began its look into the school district in April, by interviewing Superintendent Dr. Fred Czerwonka, Director of Human Resources Doug Flowers and several board members.

This came after the Missouri State Auditor's Office announced they would be conducting an audit of the district. Auditors from Jefferson City are still on site pouring through paperwork. Results are not expected until this fall.

Problems for the school district began in March at a Board of Education meeting when board member Chris Danford raised concerns over a series of stipends that were paid out and never approved by the board. Those stipends included $5,000 payments to 54 chief administrators, principals and assistant principals along with additional stipends to the Superintendent's Council, made up of nine administrators.

Shortly following that revelation, Chief Financial Officer Beau Musser was placed on administrative leave. Musser has since filed a civil lawsuit against SJSD claiming administrators trumped up sexual harassment charges against him after he acted as a whistle blower over the stipends and other financial actions he considered illegal.

A hearing on that lawsuit is scheduled for late August.

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