GUAM ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL INDICTED FOR THEFT

By Theresa Merto

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Nov. 26) - A public elementary school principal was indicted in the Superior Court of Guam last night on charges she used nearly $5,000 in student funds to purchase a car, to pay cell-phone bills and to hold a Christmas party, among other expenses.

Glenna Francisco Woodruff, also known as Glenna Francisco Reyes, was charged with official misconduct and theft-related charges. Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena issued a $5,000 warrant for Woodruff's arrest last night.

Woodruff was the principal at Carbullido Elementary School when she allegedly used $4,941.63 from the school's Student Activity Fund, court documents state. Money that goes to such a fund is raised by students and parents.

She's now principal at Chief Brodie Elementary School in Tamuning.

"This investigation was generated because of a complaint from the public," Attorney General Douglas Moylan said. "Although the amount is relatively low, the breach of trust is immeasurable. You are dealing with innocent children."

Woodruff could not be reached for comment and Department of Education Superintendent Juan Flores did not return numerous calls last night.

The indictment states Woodruff allegedly used the fund-raiser money for the following:

· $2,300 to purchase a vehicle on Dec. 17, 1999;

· $797.68 to pay for personal cell-phone and pager bills;

· $1,200 to pay for a "Christmas Gala Bash" for school faculty and staff at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa on Dec. 23, 1998; and

· $643.95 to pay for Woodruff and her guests at an Easter luncheon in April 1999 and a Christmas meal at the Golden Sea Restaurant in December 1999.

"According to law, it could only be used for the children," Moylan said. "The procedures that are in place do not permit that sort of expenditure of funds."

Carbullido Elementary School's parent-teacher organization complained in April 2000 of alleged mishandling of fund-raising money, Pacific Daily News files state.

A few months after the organization complained, the public auditor's office released a report stating that the Barrigada school -- under Woodruff's direction -- mismanaged the money.

At the time, DOE officials took disciplinary action against Woodruff but did not disclose the specific action because it was a personnel matter.

Moylan said there are ongoing investigations into the handling of fund-raising money at public schools.

"We have numerous ongoing investigations at the Department of Education in various schools in regards to the children's money that they raised," Moylan said.

November 26, 2003

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