The state Department of Education Board of Examiners wants school business administrator Ann Garcia to explain why she shouldn’t lose her license for interfering with a state investigation of the terms of her employment in four area school districts. Garcia earned almost $300,000 in 2010-11 from those four jobs plus a position as treasurer in another school district.
The state Department of Education issued a statement saying the board voted at its meeting Thursday to issue an Order to Show Cause to Garcia as to why her license should not be revoked. The vote was based on the findings of a state investigation in August that found Garcia intentionally interfered with the investigation by trying to replace a contract that said she worked full-time as director at the Vineland Public Charter School with one that said she worked part-time.
During 2009-10 and 2010-11 Garcia also was employed full-time as the business administrator in the Winslow Township school district and part-time as the business administrator at the Charter Tech High School in Somers Point and the ECO Charter School in Camden. She was also the appointed treasurer of the Voorhees school district.
State education officials said it is not illegal for someone to hold multiple jobs, but Garcia was flagged in a state database because her positions totaled the equivalent of almost three full-time jobs with a high total salary.
The investigation by the state found that Garcia’s employment at the Vineland charter school, for which she was paid $60,000, was intended to be part-time. But the state investigators called her replacement of the contract an ill-conceived plan to provide misinformation and thwart the investigation. The report said Garcia also declined to answer the investigator’s questions about the contract.
Garcia is also a founder of a new charter school in Millville that opened in September.
The Board of Examiners must approve a written draft of the order at its Nov. 1 meeting, after which it will be mailed to Garcia. She will then have 30 days to respond.
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