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New Developments in Willis Foreman PTA Investigation

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Braswell and Richmond County Superintendent of Schools, Frank Roberson are speaking out about what seems to be a matter of he-say-she-say at this point-- both sides on defense. She says she's done nothing wrong. He says it is nothing personal.

A personal grudge is what Monique Braswell calls the allegations that she's mishandled money from the Willis Foreman PTA account.

"There is definitely a personal vendetta and I'll start with the Richmond County Board of Education," current PTA Treasurer, Monique Braswell tells us.

Braswell says other PTAs across the state have had money issues recently. That's why she doesn't how the state PTA got involved.

"Why did the state PTA person have to come into the Augusta case and not other cases," I ask Dr. Frank Roberson, Superintendent of Richmond County schools. He responds, "I felt that, in order to review the situation, that we needed the involvement of the state agency."

Braswell showed bank statements and transaction records that, she says, proves she had done nothing wrong. Georgia PTA Treasurer, Richard Jones, was tapped to look into the finances for the school. After a meeting with Board of Education along with several state and regional PTA officers, Braswell says the results are in.

She adds,"the state treasurer has already issued a statement saying that I had done nothing wrong."

Dr. Roberson recalls the results of the meeting a little differently. Saying, "the state auditor is looking at those records now to produce a finding. And once we know what that finding is, we will know whether or not there have been any issues with missing funds or whatever. That was never a concern."

What Roberson calls his biggest concern: the direction of parent-teacher associations county wide.

Dr. Roberson explains, "this is not about Mrs. Braswell, this is about a parent-school organization functioning for the purpose of serving that school."

I called and e-mailed Georgia PTA Treasurer, Richard Jones, to confirm Braswell's story of his findings, but did not get a response. Dr. Roberson says the Jones is still reviewing the case and expects it to wrap this week. Count on News Channel 6 to continue following this case.

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