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FBI Probe Into SJSD Grows, Additional Counsel Retained

The St. Joseph School District has retained the services of a St. Louis lawyer specializing in school-related legal matters.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)  An FBI probe into the workings of the St. Joseph School District expands to include members of the Board of Education.

Staff and board members confirm that investigators have followed up their interview last Thursday with Superintendent Dr. Fred Czerwonka with meetings with board members. One board member, without detailing the contents of discussions, said it was a two hour interview.

The FBI involvement comes on the heels of the discovery of $250,000 in stipends being awarded to chief administrators without board approval.

The district's chief financial officer, Beau Musser, has been out of the office since the news came out. Administrators only say that it's a "personnel matter."

Also, last week, the Missouri State Auditor's office announced it will begin a review of the district starting Monday, April 21.

With this news, also comes word that the school district has hired additional legal counsel. Attorney Tom Mickes of St. Louis is now on retainer. Mickes' website describes him as "one of the leading education law attorneys in the United States, representing more than 300 school districts, private schools, charter schools, colleges and universities in a variety of school-related legal matters."

No word from the district about the cost of Mickes' services.
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