OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A woman accused of stealing from an elementary school PTO fund made her first appearance in court on Thursday. Overland Park police said Sandra Huddleston got away with $30,000. Huddleston is charged with stealing money from the Valley Park Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.
The money stolen from the PTO fund came from fundraisers and is meant for student field trips, teacher grants and classroom parties. Huddleston was the former PTO treasurer.
Specifically, she’s been charged with theft between $25,000 and $100,000, which is a felony.
Officials with the Blue Valley School District had no comment on the matter because they said the PTO is a charitable organization that does not work directly with the school. FOX 4 spoke earlier with the PTO President Jade Van Dyke.
She didn't want to go on camera but she said: "We're all very frustrated and disappointed someone could do something like this. $30,000 is a lot of money. We're just thankful it is being taken care of before this school year, so we can have a fresh start."
None of the neighbors who live around Valley Park wanted to go on camera either, but they all had similar things to say. One woman who has grandchildren in the district said it's a shame something like this could happen, and she just hopes the kids don't suffer as a result.
The PTO sent parents a letter stating their insurance coverage would likely cover up to $25,000 of the missing money that just leaves $5,000 unaccounted for.