I-Team: CCSD dept. head told to stay home, day after raids - 8 News NOW

I-Team: CCSD dept. head told to stay home, day after raids

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LAS VEGAS -- A department head with the Clark County School District was told to stay home Thursday, one day after Metro and CCSD Police served search warrants at two school properties.

The program targeted by police is the Adult English Language Acquisition Services Department, or AELAS. The department offers adult classes for people who speak English as a second language. Police began their investigation after the school district received a complaint about possible misuse of public money.

The program is headquartered on Channel 10 drive near Flamingo and Pecos roads. It also has a location at Morris Sunset East High School on Washington Avenue.

School police sources told the I-Team those two locations were raided.

Priscilla Rocha runs the department. The school district says Rocha was "assigned to her home" Thursday, which is the equivalent of being placed on paid administrative leave.

District administration released the following statement to the I-Team Wednesday evening.

"In December, 2013, the Clark County School District received a complaint regarding possible misuse of public funds in the Adult English Language Acquisition Services Department, which provides non- and limited-English speaking adults with workplace and life skills.

"District officials asked our School Police Department to conduct a preliminary investigation into this allegation. Once more information was gained, we realized that we required the assistance of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to assist in the investigation. District officials contacted Metro in early 2014 and have cooperated fully with the investigation ever since.

"While this is an active, ongoing investigation, we will not tolerate the potential misuse of public funds. We want to be open, transparent and accountable for every dollar entrusted to us by taxpayers. We will continue working with Metro on this investigation. Any future inquiries regarding this investigation will be coordinated through CCSD in cooperation with LVMPD."

It is not known yet how much money may have been involved or how the funds may have been misused.

I-Team was unable to reach Priscilla Rocha for comment Thursday. Metro Police are not commenting either, saying it is still an on-going investigation.

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