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FBI Meets with SJSD Superintendent

The district confirmed that a representative from the FBI was in the district office Thursday morning meeting with Superintendent Fred Czerwonka.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The FBI has now joined two state agencies with questions for the St. Joseph School District.

The district confirmed that a representative from the FBI was in the district office Thursday morning meeting with Superintendent Fred Czerwonka.

The meeting comes on the heels of many questions being asked about how dollars in the district are being used.

Newly-elected Board of Education President Brad Haggard,

"It's something you don't deal with, typically. I'm not for sure what the complaint was," Haggard said, referring to a question about why the FBI interviewed Dr. Czerwonka.

"I'm presuming it's along the line of the stipends, which has been out in the open for some time now," he added. "We're going to cooperate with them."

In recent weeks, board member Chris Danford raised concerns over $250,000 in stipends budgeted for chief administrators.

Others have also openly questioned whether there was preferential treatment being given to relatives of staff members in hiring practices and the awarding of promotions.

The State Auditor's Office spoke at the district's board meeting Thursday night to outline the procedures of taking the school district through an official state audit.

Meanwhile, Chief Financial Officer Beau Musser remains out of the office.

No reason has been given as to why Musser has not been in the office for more than two weeks, other than that it's a personnel matter.

In addition to the FBI and the State Auditor's Office, The Missouri Attorney General's Office is also investigating a Sunshine Law complaint against the district.

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