The Central Okanagan Board of Education says alleged theft of funds from two parent advisory councils are under investigation by RCMP.
The PAC’s in the probe are Glenrosa Elementary and South Rutland Elementary.
“The Board of Education appreciates all the work undertaken by parents and their communities to support extra programs for students, and Trustees share the dismay felt by the school communities when these thefts came to light,” says a statement issued by the board.
“While the Board of Education is willing to provide support to Parent Advisory Councils, PACs have a large degree of autonomy under the School Act and Board Policy, and the Board has very little legal authority to exercise oversight on the management of their fundraising accounts and efforts. However, the Board will be offering support to PACs in a number of ways,” says the statement.
The Board has asked District staff to provide “Best Practice” documents to support all PAC Executives with their work, and has also offered to have School District finance staff review the accounting practices and financial statements of any PAC that requests this support.