A board member and her husband have been arrested and charged with committing theft against the Ray Elementary School PTA, Hutto ISD announced Saturday.
According to court records, the couple is accused of stealing $15,000. The school district said the board member was immediately removed from her position on the board after the allegations arose.
See the school district's full statement below:
A former Ray Elementary School PTA board member and her husband were arrested Friday and charged with committing theft against the organization. The couple allegedly stole more than $15,000 according to court records. The former board member was immediately removed from her position on the board after the alleged theft was discovered.
PTA organizations are 501(c)(3) non-profits run by volunteers from the schools they represent. The volunteers are generally parents of students in the school. The volunteers are run through the same background check process as all other district volunteers and must be approved as district volunteers. The arrested board member passed the district’s background check and volunteer approval process. Her husband was not a member of the PTA nor a registered volunteer within the district.
Local PTA chapters report to the state PTA organization. Hutto ISD staff members are prohibited from serving on PTA boards and are not allowed to touch PTA funds.
Although PTA is not run by Hutto ISD, the district recognizes the great value the organization brings to each school. Members of PTA and the many volunteers within each campus chapter pour countless hours and money into the organization to help support the students and staff of the schools.
Hutto ISD will do all it can to support the work of the Hutto Police Department as it continues its investigation into the alleged crime against the Ray PTA. Hutto ISD has been in touch with the state PTA for direction on how to help the local Ray chapter as they recover from the theft of funds.
Questions regarding the investigation should be directed to the Hutto Police Department.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.