ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – After being unable to interview embattled Albuquerque Public Schools board member and charter school executive director Analee Maestas, the New Mexico Public Education Department may soon run out of patience.
A PED spokesperson says if it does not hear from Maestas or her attorney in the coming days, it will start the process to revoke her teaching and administrative licenses.
The state auditor’s office and PED both say investigations have found that Maestas improperly spent funds meant for La Promesa Early Learning Center, the charter school where she is executive director. Specifically, Maestas is accused of having a cleaning company do work at her home and then doctoring the receipt to add the charter school’s address in order to have it reimbursed.
The fallout has been significant already. Maestas has been placed on leave from her job at La Promesa.
Additional investigation by PED uncovered additional instances of questionable spending at La Promesa. A district attorney’s office spokesperson says it is still reviewing the case for possible criminal charges.
PED says she has yet to do an interview with them,
On Tuesday, Maestas offered up a no comment as KRQE News 13 asked her several questions about the allegations while she was leaving an event at Alamosa Elementary School.