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Wolcott teacher at center of police investigation

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WOLCOTT, CT (WFSB) -

Police in Wolcott said a teacher is at the center of an investigation.

Wolcott Police Chief Edward Stephens said the investigation is into a possible theft of PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) funds. These are not Board of Education funds, but rather money that is raised through fundraisers, like book sales.

A letter was sent to parents and staff on Monday afternoon that said, in part “The matter in no way involves any threat to student safety or well-being. The matter in no way involves Board of Education funds. The matter did not have a negative impact on students’ work in the classroom.”

Stephens said the matter has been under investigation for the past few weeks.

The letter, sent by Superintendent of Schools Tony Gasper, continued to say “I want to assure you that the Board of Education, school administrators, the full staff, and I are committed to ensuring a safe, productive, and nurturing learning environment for all of our students.

Later this week, documents in the case were released.

The teacher was identified as Jane Gargano, who resigned last Friday amid the investigation.

She was the treasurer of a school's PTO and had been placed on leave on May 2.

That same day, she gave a check for $3,900 to the school PTO.

Police will now bring in an actuary to look at the books to see if this was theft or sloppy bookkeeping.

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