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School funds stolen from West Forsyth High
Taken during weekend between winter storms

WEST FORSYTH -- Money was reportedly stolen from the vault and cafeteria at a local high school over the weekend in between winter storms that closed school in Forsyth County for a stretch of seven out of nine days.


A total of less than $1,000 was taken from a secured vault in the principal’s office at West Forsyth High sometime between Feb. 20 and 23, and also the night of Feb. 23-24, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report.


The vault was reportedly accessed with a set of keys that had been stolen from the school on Drew Road. It was not clear whether a key was used to access the cash drawers in the cafeteria.


The missing money was from the school’s general and cafeteria funds, said Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the school system.


She said West’s school resource officer has opened an internal investigation, though no suspects have been identified.


The school district saw a short respite that weekend in the frigid conditions caused by the consecutive winter storms.


Schools reopened Feb. 20 after being out all week due to unsafe weather conditions and the President’s Day holiday on Feb. 16.


Schools remained open the following Monday before shutting down again for the next three days.


Access remained open throughout that time, Caracciolo said, as the high school is not fenced in.


She noted that all after-school activities were held out of the county Friday and Monday, although practice may have taken place on campus.


Since the incident, a lock box has been added to the vault, she said, and the administration has changed its procedures for handling school funds.