Ex-MCPSS teacher accused of pocketing student field trip money

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A former Mobile County Public School teacher has been arrested on ethics violations of use of position for personal gain.

Amanda Hall was arrested Wednesday morning, she’s accused of using her official position or office for personal gain. Court documents say Hall was a public school teacher at Taylor-White Elementary School. She is accused of taking money that was collected for a school field trip for her own personal use, for herself and/or a family member or a business.

She’s also accused of using facilities time, materials, human labor, or other public property for her private use. 

MCPSS says they investigated the matter in 2019 and forwarded it to the Alabama Ethics Commission. She has not worked for the school district since 2019.

The school system confirms she was a teacher at Taylor-White Elementary. They say students brought in their money for a field trip, and she pocketed some of that money.

MCPSS says once they realized something was wrong, they immediately took personnel action and passed the case on to the appropriate law enforcement agency, the Alabama Ethics Commission.

The school system says about $200 was taken, and assures parents they have checks and balances in place.

Rena Philips, the spokesperson for the school system, explained when ‘red flags were raised, we immediately investigated those claims.’ She says the school system takes ‘tax dollars and public funding very seriously, we do not tolerate a misuse of funds.’

Hall was terminated from the school system in September 2019.

The students did still get to go on their field trip.

The Grand Jury heard the case on May 19, 2021, she was arrested Wednesday morning. Hall was released on a $10,000 bond.

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