State Auditor warns schools to conduct more thorough background checks

Albuquerque Public Schools

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The state auditor has warned that schools must conduct better background checks on their employees.

The announcement comes after three hiring failures:

  • At Albuquerque Public Schools former Deputy Superintendent Jason Martinez never submitted a mandatory background check, which would have shown child sex-related charges in Denver.
  • Mora Independent Schools made headlines when Superintendent Charles Trujillo reportedly faked his credentials.
  • An Española principal allegedly stole money from a fundraiser after a prior conviction for fraud.

The auditor says he’ll check to see how school districts are dealing with this issue during the next round of audits.

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