Director of Albuquerque charter schools put on paid leave

Posted at: 08/07/2014 1:05 PM
Updated at: 08/07/2014 1:10 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Four Albuquerque charter schools on Thursday decided to put their director on paid administrative leave amidst an FBI investigation.

Last week, the FBI served search warrants at the main office of Southwest Learning Centers. The state auditor's review states the school system awarded contracts to an aviation company owned by the schools' head administrator, Scott Glasrud. The deal—to use aircrafts for the schools' aviation program—has totaled more than a million dollars since 2008.

The review also states there was a general lack of transparency in other areas regarding the charter schools. Glasrud has voluntarily taken leave.

On Thursday morning, school officials met to discuss the investigation. They plan to hire a lawyer and appoint an interim leader in the meantime.