An undisclosed sum of money has gone missing from a private Bridgehampton preschool, prompting the firing of a still unidentified employee, and school administrators and Southampton Town Police are still refusing to share any information about the theft.
Although officials of The Rainbow Preschool held a meeting with parents last week to alert them about “alleged financial improprieties” involving a school employee who had already been fired, little information has actually been released regarding the case.
According to the school’s director, Sue Daniels, the Town Police are investigating how the money went missing, a point she reiterated in an emailed statement to school parents, according to a parent who received it. Ms. Daniels declined to share the statement with The Press.
Town Police Sergeant Sue Ralph confirmed this week that police are still questioning a former employee of the school but declined to provide a name or any other information—including the amount of money that had gone missing—citing the ongoing investigation.
As of earlier this week, no charges had been filed against the worker, according to Sgt. Ralph.
When reached by phone on Tuesday morning, Ms. Daniels stated: “All I can say is there is an ongoing investigation, and I’ve been asked not to comment.”
She also declined to provide the name of the suspected employee, or the position he or she held prior to termination. She also would not say when school administrators learned that the money had gone missing, how much is missing, or what school operations could be affected by the theft. “The focus continues to be on the school and the children,” she said.
Founded and operated by Ms. Daniels, The Rainbow Preschool is a private entity located off the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike and focuses on the arts and music. It has a nursery program and a pre-K program, according to its website, with a self-described student limit of 27 children.