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Ex-PTA treasurer accused of theft

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NORMAN — Police are investigating a former Kennedy Elementary PTA treasurer accused of embezzlement, officials said Monday. The alleged embezzlement occurred between July 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019, according to a police report.

"We are investigating allegations of embezzlement involving a former board member of the Kennedy Elementary School PTA," Norman police spokeswoman Sarah Jensen said in an email. "Specifics regarding the amount of money allegedly embezzled and suspect information will not be released until the completion of the investigation."

Police were notified last week after an audit of Kennedy's PTA books found "financial irregularities," said Annette Price, president of the Norman PTA Council. Following the audit, the school's PTA board voted to remove Andrea Berkley as treasurer, Price said.

Attempts to reach Berkley on Monday were unsuccessful.

The council is the coordinating body for all PTA units in Norman and serves as the link between each individual unit and the state PTA.

Price said PTA officers at Kennedy notified her of some "financial procedures that weren't being followed."

"They asked us for help when they noticed some irregularities," she said. "We helped do an audit, which was completed March 30."

Berkley was removed as treasurer the next day, Price said.

"The Norman PTA Council is committed to to helping Kennedy maintain the momentum they've established with their innovative programs and their recent work to improve family engagement," she said. "Kennedy did what they were supposed to do when they noticed something might be wrong."

PTA Council Treasurer Ida Fryhover is currently assisting the Kennedy PTA and "helping them get their financial reports back on track," Price said.

Tim Willert

Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers K-12 education, including Oklahoma City Public Schools and the state Education Department. Before that he covered district, federal and appellate courts in Oklahoma County. Prior... Read more ›

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