A Chicago Public Schools official improperly spent thousands of dollars on items such as athletic shoes, condoms and clothing in the year before a switch in leadership, the CPS Inspector General said in a report released Wednesday.
The official, who has since resigned and is being investigated by the Cook County State's Attorney, is included in James M. Sullivan's 38-page report that alleges dozens of items of fraud and employee misconduct.
Among Sullivan's findings:
A CPS official responded to the report, calling its findings "serious and disappointing" and said the agency was "already taking necessary corrective actions and additional steps to implement accountability."
"... the new leadership team at CPS will not tolerate any activities of this nature that compromises the integrity of our district," said spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus. "We have a responsibility to maintain public trust and as we continue to work towards providing every student with a high quality education that prepares them for college and career, we will hold everyone accountable in that process who do not work in the best interest of our students."