Parents react to embattled charter school director's resignation

Updated: 08/14/2014 10:19 PM | Created: 08/14/2014 9:25 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The embattled director of an Albuquerque charter school resigned Thursday a week after a FBI investigation into his potentially fraudulent business dealings.

Investigators say since 2008, the Southwest Learning Center awarded more than $1 million in contracts to Scott Glasrud's own company.

All of the Southwest Learning Center parents who spoke to KOB Thursday were disappointed to hear about Glasrud's resignation, but many stopped short of saying it was a bad thing.

The state auditor's office says Glasrud's company leased airplanes to the school he runs for use in aviation classes.

Glasrud has been on leave for a week, but now his leave is permanent.

"Obviously it was a surprise, just getting ready to head into school," said Parr Pettit, who has two daughters at the Southwest Learning Center.

"You get kind of attached to the school, the teachers and the administration, so it was a surprise to hear there were investigations going on," she said.

Those investigations focused on Glasrud, a man many told KOB Thursday is admired by students and parents alike.

But the FBI and state auditor say his private company, Diamond Aviation, may have unlawfully profited to the tune of $1.16 million dollars by leasing his airplanes to the school for aviation lessons. A review by the auditor's office says the school didn't have records of a bid process.

KOB went to an address for Glasrud in the far northeast heights Thursday, but no one answered the intercom on an outside gate.

Early Thursday afternoon, the front doors at Southwest Learning Center at Candelaria and Morris were locked, though an administrator confirmed Glasrud had resigned. 

"I kind of have mixed emotions," Pettit said. "But I think given the investigation, it might be better for the kids and the staff for him to step away."

KOB requested a copy of Glasrud's resignation letter, and administration told us they would look for one.

But the school's board secretary told us by phone she had requested one from administration as well, and was told it would only be placed in Glasrud's personnel file.  

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