Public schools

CO School Officials Hid Money From Public

Pled poverty and cut programs

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Hours of secretly recorded conversations obtained exclusively by FOX31 Denver News indicate school officials in the Adams 12 Five Star School District may have been intentionally hiding tens of millions of dollars in retirement benefit payments from the public.

"We did not want the public at large to know that we have these big stipends that people get when they exit the system," said Superintendent Chris Gdowski. "We did try to bury it," replied Chief Human Resources Officer Mark Hinson. "The way it has been shown is…off the budget," said financial consultant Vody Herrmann.

That exchange was caught on tape by the school district's internal auditor Gina Holub back in September.