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.