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Thousands of dollars meant to help educate Central Ohio children was reported stolen from the South-Western City School District.
District officials said they learned about the allegation on Monday and immediately placed the accused employee on administrative leave.
The district tells 10TV on Monday, its treasurer discovered something didn't add up with the district's finances.
"They couldn't explain what those irregularities were so they followed our policies and procedures and reported the information to the Grove City Police Department," said district spokesperson Sandy Nekoloff.
Authorities tell 10TV they are investigating whether an employee inside the treasurer's office may have stolen about $50,000 from the district.
Investigators say it's unclear how the money was taken and whether it was taxpayer funds.
"I think that's horrible considering it took them several tries to pass a levy to get some new schools built for our kids," says parent Sarah Barnhart.
The employee in question is on paid administrative leave while police look through the district's financial records.
Grove City Police will not release the name of the suspect because the person has not been charged.