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School District program suspended, 5 on leave amid police investigation

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Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, left, and Metro Police Capt. Brett Primas listen to a question during a news conference at CCSD Police Headquarters in Henderson Monday, March 24, 2014. Officials addressed questions about an investigation into the possible misuse of funds by employees in the Adult English Language Acquisition Services (AELAS) department.

CCSD News Conference on AELAS Investigation

Clark County School District Superintendant Pat Skorkowsky speaks during a news conference at CCSD Police Headquarters in Henderson Monday, March 24, 2014. Trustee Deanna Wright listens at left. Officials addressed questions about an investigation into the possible misuse of funds by employees in the Adult English Language Acquisition Services (AELAS) department. Launch slideshow »

A Clark County School District program that assists non-English-speaking parents has been suspended and five employees placed on leave while police continue investigating the possible misuse of public funds, officials said.

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said the remainder of the 22 employees in the Adult English Language Aquisition Services Department had been temporarily assigned to other positions.

Those placed on leave include two department administrators and three support staff employees, officials said.

The department is being reorganized, but program services should resume within two weeks, Skorkowsky said.

The department, funded by $1.09 million in state grants, provides literacy and life skills classes to non-English-speaking parents of CCSD students. The program also provides free notary services, domestic violence referrals, GED referrals and continuing education referrals.

Investigation into the department began last year after a person alerted the School District to a possible misuse of funds.

Metro Police last week served search warrants for two department offices, a private residence and a business, Metro Capt. Brett Primas said.

School District police are taking inventory of the department’s equipment, while Metro interviews staff members. The investigation is ongoing, and no criminal charges have been filed, Primas said.

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