After a recent arrest of the middle school’s secretary, Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco Superintendent Dr. Grace Everett said background checks, reference calls and recommendation letters are part of the district’s hiring process.
“In this particular hire, the candidate was given excellent recommendations,” said Everett in a written statement. “She was described as a dedicated, hard-working, knowledgeable person.”
Anna Charles, 49, was arrested Tuesday at the Ben Bolt Middle School and was charged with two counts of tampering with government records. The charge is a felony. Charles is the school’s secretary, officials said.
The employee was arrested during lunchtime Tuesday for an active warrant out of Travis County, officials said.
The active warrant from Travis County was initiated by the Inspector General’s Office.
Officials said she was a former employee of Child Protective Services before being hired by the Ben Bolt school district.
Charles was detained at the school Tuesday about 12:10 p.m. and was taken to the Jim Wells County sheriff’s office for questioning.
She was then transferred to the Jim Wells County jail. She was released on Tuesday about 6 p.m. with surety bonds of $10,000 for each charge, jail officials said.
“The superintendent’s actions concerning this employee will be determined by state and/or local policy,” Everett said in the written statement. “In any arrest, it is understood that any person is innocent until proven guilty.”