2 South San ISD employees under investigation

Employees accused of renting out middle school gym

SAN ANTONIO – Two South San Independent School District employees are on administrative leave and under investigation after allegations surfaced against them.

The employees are being investigated by the district for their role in renting out a middle school gym.

District officials have yet to elaborate on the allegations the two employees are facing, but district spokeswoman Janice Hernandez did acknowledge they're looking into possible wrongdoing by the pair.

Hernandez wouldn't go into any specifics about the case, declining to answer questions about when the investigation was started and whether or not it was district policy to rent out a gymnasium. She said that's part of the internal investigation.

The two employees involved are a coach and a clerical employee who worked at Kazen Middle School.

Hernandez said there are questions about the renting of the gym and the handling and accounting of money related to the rentals, but she couldn't say who rented the space or how many times the facility had been rented.

An email from Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra to South San Board members obtained by KSAT 12 News lays out what's really going on.

According to the e-mail the investigation was launched two weeks ago.

While the district does allow individuals and groups to rent or lease school facilities, it appears the two employees were not following the rules.

A complaint was filed on April 20 by an organization stating a different organization was renting the gym directly from one of the coaches and paying a reduced rate.

When questioned the coach admitted she rented the gym as part of a fundraiser for her girls' sports program at the school.

She said she had rented the facility 11 or 12 times and turned the money into the school secretary.

When questioned about her role, the secretary said the coach only gave her three deposits and knew nothing about the other eight or nine rentals.

According to a district fee schedule, the fee to rent the gym is $300.

Sources said the missing money could total close to $6,000.

In a statement, the district said the two employees will remain on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation and auditing of the Kazen Middle School activity fund.

Those findings will then be shared with the district's police department for appropriate action.

Click here to read the full email.

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