Former school finance director resigned amid FBI investigation

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The Franklin County Schools finance director who resigned last month had been suspended after the district learned she was under investigation by the FBI.

Superintendent Mark Kopp said that the FBI contacted the school district regarding an investigation involving Lesley Wade, who served as the district's finance director and school board treasurer. She was suspended with pay the same day she resigned, records show.

"On Tuesday, June 25, we were contacted by authorities who are investigating a matter related to that former employee," Kopp said.

He explained that due to the "sensitive nature" of the investigation and "on advice of legal counsel," he was unable to comment further.

Lesley Wade, who became the school district's finance director in 2017, resigned at the end of June while on suspension, according to her personnel file, which was obtained by The State Journal through an open records request.

Wade was suspended with pay beginning on June 26, according to documents in the file. The letter, which was from Kopp, said the suspension would last no longer than 10 working days and remain in effect pending an investigation. The letter gave no reason for the suspension.

According to FCS Board Policy, an employ can be suspended with pay "only when the Superintendent determines there is a justifiable need for an investigation of alleged employee actions necessary to protect the safety of students and staff or to prevent signification disruption of the workplace and/or education process."

Wade, who worked for the district for 19 years, resigned via an email to the human resources director on the evening of June 26, the same day her suspension began.

The email only contained one sentence: "Please consider this my resignation."

Kopp sent a letter to her the next day saying that the notice had been received and accepted.

Former Superintendent Chrissy Jones appointed Wade, then known as Lesley Cummins, as finance director for the school district in February 2017. Wade was re-employed for her position for a full year beginning in July 2017.

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