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CMS stops pay for suspended Park Road Montessori principal

Park Road Montessori, a popular Charlotte-Mecklenburg magnet school, lets children learn through guided exploration and hands-on activity.
Park Road Montessori, a popular Charlotte-Mecklenburg magnet school, lets children learn through guided exploration and hands-on activity. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on Tuesday stopped paying Park Road Montessori School Principal Anna Moraglia, who has been suspended with pay for nine weeks during an unspecified investigation.

Moraglia, who has led the popular preK-6 magnet school for nine years, is now classified as suspended without pay. A retired administrator is running the school in her absence.

Because state law makes most personnel actions confidential, CMS officials have said nothing about the reason for her suspension. It followed this summer’s announcement that CMS had discovered more than $15,000 stolen from the school last year, but Moraglia has not been charged in connection with the theft.

The school’s senior administrative secretary, Deborah Crater, was fired in July and charged with felony embezzlement in September. The CMS dismissal letter says Crater wrote checks to herself and stopped coming to work after she was confronted about the checks.

Moraglia, who has worked for CMS for 22 years, is admired by many Park Road parents and faculty for her knowledge of the Montessori method, an approach developed by an Italian educator to help children learn through guided exploration. Moraglia’s absence comes as CMS plans an expansion of its most popular magnet programs, including Montessori.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

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