$30K stolen from school PTO

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Overland Park police are investigating how $30,000 vanished from a school Parent Teacher Organization fund.

It centers on Valley Park Elementary near 123rd and Lamar Avenue. The PTO's co-presidents, Jade Van Slyke and Ashley Cherafat, made the discovery and immediately called police.

"We're really sad and disappointed that somebody that we trusted could do this," says Van Slyke.

"This was an awful thing that happened to our school, we want to make sure it doesn't ever happen at Valley Park or any other school for that matter. That's why we felt it was important to immediately go to the police department," said Cherafat.

FOX 4 isn't identifying the suspected parent until charges are filed, but the two co-presidents say they want the parent prosecuted.

"We put in checks and balances. We trust people and you never would think that anybody could do something to effect our families. You know close to 500 families at our school, that's a big deal," says Cherafat.

The money came from fundraisers and is meant for student field trips, teacher grants, and classroom celebrations. The PTO sent parents a letter stating their insurance coverage would likely cover up to $25,000 of the missing money.

Overland Park police say it may be a few months before they forward the case to Johnson County prosecutors for possible charges.

email: rob.low@wdaftv4.com | Twitter @FOX4RobLow

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