Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Schools Probe Finds No Crimes.

Byline: Diana Heil Journal Staff Writer

Problems Blamed On Office Dysfunction

The federal investigation sought by concerned citizens more than a year ago over Santa Fe Public Schools' handling of millions of dollars found no criminal wrongdoing.

The investigation, which concluded in August and the results of which were recently obtained by Journal North, followed a 2000 Santa Fe County grand jury investigation that found no criminal offenses in the handling of district finances.

"It's excellent news," Geri Romero-Roybal, an associate superintendent with the district, said Tuesday. "We felt all along that that was the case. It was just a matter of doing all the work to fix a dysfunctional situation, and that's what we've done."

Superintendent Veronica Garcia, who took the helm two months before the state Education Department seized the district's financial authority in 1999, was in Albuquerque on family business Tuesday and unavailable for comment. …

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