Baton Rouge police are investigating the theft of about $9,500 of equipment from the East Baton Rouge Parish School District, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said Monday.

Projectors and iPads used in the district’s anti-dropout Jobs for America’s Graduates program were stolen, Purpera said in a prepared statement that accompanied the report.

The review of a range of district operations was done for Purpera’s office by Postlehwaite and Netterville, a Baton Rouge accounting firm. It covered the financial year ending June 30.

Keith Bromery, a spokesman for the school system, said in an email that about $3,000 of the equipment has been recovered and that efforts continue. Bromery said the missing items were discovered by district officials during an internal inventory.

He said local school officials notified authorities and identified the person responsible.

Bromery identified the person, who no longer works for the district, as Donald W. Taylor.

Jobs for America’s Graduates is a nationally acclaimed program to trim the high school dropout rate.

It serves students with academic, personal, family, economic or work-related barriers to earning a high school diploma.

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