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MPS principal put on administrative leave

MPS principal put on administrative leave

By Rob Koebel. CREATED Oct 14, 2011

MILWAUKEE- Major developments with a story the I-Team first brought you Thursday night.

She's a school principal on the run after Florida parents claim her school stole their tuition money and now she works for the Milwaukee Public School System as principal at Fairview Charter School. 

The MPS school district spokesperson says Wendy Alexander is on paid administrative leave Friday. She will have to wait for the outcome of their investigation into financial difficulties of a private school she owned in Florida.

Alexander will still earn her more than 78,000 dollars a year during the investigation. She isn't currently assigned to any work duties. In the meantime the I-team is still learning more about her past.

Rob Koebel:  "Well you know what - there are a lot of people who gave you tuition.  What happened to the school?  Will you be giving their money back?" 
Wendy Alexander: "I have no comment.  I hope so."

But the I-Team keeps digging deeper into the Hand in Hand Academy and its owner Wendy Alexander. Now a roofing company is coming forward claiming the school skipped out on paying for a new roof.

"I've lost a lot of sleep over it, a lot of sleep," said Teri Herrington of Signature Roofing.

Herrington is the co-owner of Signature Roofing and she says the job cost 23,000 dollars and they never could get the school to pay a penny.
 
"We've been in business since 1991, it's never happened to us before - you know, we trust people," Teri Herrington told TODAY'S TMJ4.

Amy Briggs is a former academy office worker and told TODAY'S TMJ4's Rob Koebel, "I definitely think its fraud. I think writing payroll checks that you know aren't gonna be good I think that's fraud".

Amy Briggs who worked at the school says her last monthly pay check from July was already short seven hundrad bucks and it bounced.

"She issued that check after I left and it bounced. When I went to her bank they told me there was no money."

Rob Koebel: "Well you know what - there are a lot of people who gave you tuition. What happened to the school?  Will you be giving their money back?"
Wendy Alexander: "I have no comment.  I hope so"
Rob Koebel: "Well they want to know?  What about the roofing company?"
Wendy Alexander: "I hope so, I hope so."

The MPS school district says an assistant principal with a number of years of experience will take over in the interim.

Superintendent Gregory Thornton has assured Fairview families that their children's academic progress is of critical importance.

Again - TODAY'S TMJ4's I-Team will keep pushing for answers as to how Alexander was hired in the first place.