Improper surveillance allegations unanswered in Board of Education meeting

Documents: Pitt Co. Schools hired former deputy to stake out students

The Pitt County Board of Education met Monday night, but recent allegations of improper surveillance on students was not publicly discussed.

According to documents, Pitt County Schools allegedly hired a former deputy, without an investigator's license, to perform improper surveillance on students.

NewsChannel 12 obtained copies of invoices sent by Altrice Gales to Pitt County Schools, billing the district for "surveillance" to monitor student residency.

According to the documents, Gales agreed to do "research and surveillance" for the school district, then provide the district with photos and an investigative report of her findings. But Gales did not have a state investigator's license.

The district owed Gales more than $3,000 in taxpayer money for the work.

The Board of Education did not talk about the surveillance issue during the public portion of Monday night's meeting. Leaders then attended a two-hour closed-door session, but it's unclear what they discussed.

After the closed session, Worth Forbes, vice-chair of the board, gave a comment to NewsChannel 12.

"I was not satisfied with the communication. I was not satisfied with the way it was handled," Forbes said. "I think we have got some different groups, focus groups, in place that are going to give us feed back and the board will look at this situation and how it was handled."

Forbes did not elaborate any further.

Gales, of Winterville, is a former Raleigh police officer and Pitt County deputy. She is a criminal justice instructor at Pitt Community College.

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