Park Road Montessori School Principal Anna Moraglia has been suspended with pay “for an indefinite period of time” less than a week before school opens.
Moraglia was suspended Tuesday, according to CMS. Spokeswoman Kathryn Block said Moraglia has been removed from the job “pending the outcome of an investigation,” but said personnel privacy laws bar her from providing more information.
In July, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said they were investigating the embezzlement of $15,276 from Park Road, a preK-6 school that is one of the district’s most popular magnet schools. The theft was discovered during a year-end audit and happened between Aug. 23, 2014, and June 1, 2016, according to a CMS police report.
Block declined to say whether the suspension was connected with the embezzlement; she said information about the embezzlement was turned over to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and/or the district attorney’s office.
Meghan McDonald, spokeswoman for the DA’s office, said the Park Road Montessori case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.
Joe Ledford, a lawyer representing Moraglia in her employment case, said Thursday she has not been accused of taking the money.
“I have no indication that she has been or will be the subject of any type of criminal investigation,” he said. He declined to elaborate on why Moraglia has been suspended.
Moraglia has worked for CMS for 22 years and has been Park Road’s principal since 2007.
Martha Carpenter, a retired administrator, has been named interim principal.
“The focus right now should be on the effective opening of school for students and maintaining the exceptional quality of teaching and learning at Park Road,” Tara Lynn Sullivan, the administrator who oversees Park Road, said in a message sent to families Wednesday.