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Thursday, March 19, 2009
School finance investigation deepens

The Key West High School principal on Thursday said he has asked the Monroe County School Board attorney to investigate why Monique Acevedo did not deposit any money from three fundraisers she helped ninth graders coordinate.

Principal John Welsh said he contacted attorney Richard Collins after he learned Acevedo, who has been their class sponsor since fall 2008, held three fundraisers without notifying him and the school's activity director, as required by school policy.

Welsh said he is concerned not only about the missing paperwork, including receipts from the candy, T-shirts and dance tickets the students sold, but about the lack of records of money being deposited at the school.

Acevedo was the adult education coordinator, and wife of Schools Superintendent Randy Acevedo, until she resigned March 3 amid controversy about her use of school district credit cards for personal use. Since then, questions have arisen about her regularly exceeding the balance on purchase orders.

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