Former Poway Unified School District Superintendent Could Face Criminal Charges

The Board of Education released an audit that showed Collins allegedly collected more than $345,000 in unauthorized pay over the last several years.

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NBC 7 has learned that the former Poway Unified School District Superintendent could face criminal charges.

The school district confirmed Tuesday that it had turned over to the District Attorney’s office results from its investigation into John Collins, who was fired on Sunday.

The Board of Education released an audit that showed Collins allegedly collected more than $345,000 in unauthorized pay over the last several years.

But Collins' attorney said the alleged independent audit is “replete with errors.”

“It's kind of shocking. It's kind of disappointing,” said Amy Parnell, a former student in the Poway Unified School District.

“I’m not surprised and not disappointed really with the cost of the loan when he was running things,” said parent Conrad Sansbury, speaking of Collins.

Sansbury was referring to a $1 million dollar bond to build new schools that will costs the district about $1 billion over the term of the loan.

Meantime, NBC 7 spoke to Ed Velasquez, who will be the interim Superintendent beginning in August.

Velasquez said he thinks there is something that can be done to refinance the bond. He also said parents should focus on keeping Poway among the best school districts in the county, while he takes care of the legal and financial matters facing the district.

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