Owings Mills PTA head removed from office

Group's executive board seeks missing funds

February 14, 2003|By Jonathan D. Rockoff | Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF

Renae Moore, the president of the Owings Mills Elementary School PTA, was removed from office Wednesday night by the group's executive board as PTA officials continue looking for thousands of dollars in missing money.

Moore was removed for "non-performance of duties," including failure to provide all information requested by auditors of the PTA's bank accounts and to update records of the accounts, said Rodger Janssen, vice president for leadership of the PTA Council of Baltimore County.

The Reisterstown mother had come under fire for failing to account for more than $4,000 raised from book fairs and bake and candy sales last year.

Officials with the PTA Council, which oversees PTA groups at schools across the county, have said there is no evidence Moore did anything illegal.

Moore did not return phone calls yesterday. She has said she inherited the problems and was trying to fix them. She also has said she was cooperating with the PTA Council's auditor, John Ryan. But he has said she failed to provide records.

On Wednesday night, Moore supplied additional records, but Ryan said yesterday that she has not accounted for all the missing money.

Moore was replaced by Elijah Isaiah X, formerly the Owings Mills Elementary PTA's second vice president, Janssen said.

"This is a big step in the right direction," said Janssen, adding the PTA Council would continue trying to track down the money.

Cynthia Tawiah, a PTA member, expressed relief but said, "We're going to have to start from scratch."

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