Local PTO treasurer accused of stealing more than $50,000 - KMOV.com

Local PTO treasurer accused of stealing more than $50,000

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

(KMOV.com) -- A school worker who was entrusted to take money for kids is now charged with putting it in her own pocket.

“For someone to steal from kids and the parents association, that’s really bad,” said Kerry MacDonald, a nurse in Creve Coeur.

Tenille Batsell is accused of stealing close to $53,000 from the Spoede School Association. The non-profit parent association plans special events and educational opportunities for kids, all from donations.

Court documents state that over the past year, Batsell frequently wrote checks to herself or to “cash.”

“Property taxes are very high in this area and then they are donating on top of that,” MacDonald said, “And for someone to take away from their kids. That’s really ridiculous.”

Board members declined to go on camera to discuss safe guards to prevent thefts from happening, citing any comment might jeopardize their ability to get the money back. They released a statement that told parents they’ve secured the remaining funds.

“The Spoede School Association is a not-for-profit parent association that provides support to Spoede Elementary School.  We are supported by the generous donations of parents and community members, not through taxpayer contributions.  Because this matter involves an on-going criminal investigation, we are unable to provide additional comment at this time so that we do not jeopardize the integrity of the criminal process or compromise our ability to recover misappropriated funds.  We are cooperating fully in the investigation.”

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