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Published May 07, 2013, 09:20 AM

Illegal spending accusations leveled at Adams school district

Walsh County is asking the North Dakota attorney general's office to investigate allegations that the Adams School District has spent district funds illegally.

Walsh County is asking the North Dakota attorney general's office to investigate allegations that the Adams School District has spent district funds illegally.

The accusations of illegal spending come before a pending reorganization of Park River and Adams into a new district. Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara Whelan wrote a letter last month to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. She stated that "apparently some members of the Adams School Board are unhappy with the planned combination and have set upon a course of conduct to deplete the cash reserves and physical assets of the Adams School District." Whelan also said it appears that the plan is to accomplish this prior to the end of the school year so that upon combination of the districts there will be no significant assets contributed by the Adams School District. A spokeswoman at the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation said Monday she neither could confirm nor deny that an investigation is under way. Adams School District Superintendent Frank Schill said he could not comment on the alleged investigation because he has not seen the documents.

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