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State, city agencies probe Boston School Department’s athletics spending

Boston public schools athletics department is based at White Stadium in Jamaica Plain.
Boston public schools athletics department is based at White Stadium in Jamaica Plain.Laurie Swope/globe photo

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As the Boston school district attempts to bring in more donations to beef up its sports programs, its athletics department is being targeted by three investigations into potential misspending of funds related to the purchase of equipment and supplies.

The exact nature of the investigations, which are being conducted by Boston police, the Massachusetts inspector general’s office, and the Boston Finance Commission, remains unclear.

The investigating agencies declined to share details and the School Department denied a Globe public records request for a copy of an audit of athletic spending, saying it was not finished and could not be shared anyway because of “an ongoing law enforcement investigation.”

“We are actively supporting the ongoing investigation in every way possible,” Lee McGuire, a Boston public schools spokesman, wrote in an e-mail.

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