Two former officers of elementary school's PTA under investigation for accounting discrepancies

SNELLVILLE - Two former officers of Shiloh Elementary School's PTA are under investigation after PTA members discovered "several accounting discrepancies," said Charlene Jefferson, co-president of the school's PTA.

An annual audit confirmed there are missing funds, Jefferson wrote in a statement with co-president Veronica Leftridge.

The women under investigation were not identified, but they served as co-president and treasurer during the 2006-07 school year. Jefferson said the police have been notified, but no criminal charges have been filed.

One of the women under investigation began working as a media clerk at Shiloh Elementary at the beginning of the school year, said Sloan Roach, school district spokeswoman. That woman is also being investigated by the district's human resources department, Roach said.

Jefferson said this is an "unfortunate situation," and she hopes it does not take away from the great work done by the association.

"The current Shiloh Elementary PTA officers are working diligently to ensure that this incident will be handled effectively and efficiently," Jefferson and Leftridge wrote. "We plan to uphold the traditional values and goals that will benefit our children, parents and community."

Gwinnett Council of PTAs co-presidents Holly Melton and Angela Monetta said it is premature to speculate on the outcome of the investigation.

"PTA serves a vital role for our schools and is an advocate for public education," Melton and Monetta wrote in a statement. "PTA units promote parent involvement in schools, and our organization is devoted to the educational success of children. This is an unfortunate situation and thankfully, a rare one. PTA rules are clear, and as a PTA Council, we are committed to enforcing those rules at the Council level and within our local PTA units."