A top Winslow School District official who moonlights at three South Jersey charter schools misled state investigators assigned to look into her nearly $300,000 annual income, according to the New Jersey Department of Education.
Ann F. Garcia came under investigation early this year after state officials noted that she had worked the equivalent of almost three full-time jobs simultaneously since 2009, an "unusually high" number, authorities said in a report by the department's Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance filed last month.
The case is under review by the state Attorney General's Office Criminal Justice Division, a spokesman said. The State Board of Examiners, which reviews public education credentials, is set to conduct a hearing Tuesday...
In addition to working as business administrator in the Winslow district, a full-time position, Garcia was executive director of the Vineland school and business administrator of the ECO Charter School in Camden and the Charter-Tech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
Garcia continues to hold those positions. According to published reports, she and her husband, Esteban, cofounded the Vineland charter school. Esteban Garcia serves on the school's board...
Ann Garcia's combined income last year exceeded the base salary of the highest-paid public school official in New Jersey, the Newark School District superintendent, who was paid $280,000 during the last school year, according to state records...
"There is nothing in the statute or code that speaks to allowing or disallowing multiple employment positions," an Education Department spokeswoman said in an e-mail.
But holding multiple jobs with overlapping responsibilities "could involve criminality," the spokeswoman said.
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“N.J. says Winslow educator hid trail on various jobs.” Philadelphia Inquirer (PA), 9/9/2011