Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sexting scandal teacher hired for homeland security

Published: December 29, 2014; Last modified: December 30, 2014 10:24AM
A former South High School teacher who resigned last year over allegations of inappropriate behavior with students has found work as a grant coordinator with the regional homeland security agency.
Larisa Oringdulph
Larisa Oringdulph
Larisa Oringdulph was named the South All-Hazards Regional Homeland Security Coordinator on Monday. The job pays $48,000.
Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said Oringdulph’s hire was not a decision by his department but by a commission made up of representatives from Pueblo, Custer, Huerfano, Fremont and Las Animas counties.
Taylor described the job as an annual contract position with the South All-Hazards Region and, essentially, a conduit for the federal homeland security funds that get passed through the state and into counties to be used for various projects.
“Eighty percent of the position is grant writing and 20 percent is operational,” Taylor said.
He said Oringdulph’s job will be to take the recommendations and a priority list created by the South Region and work with state officials to get the federal funds necessary to pay for those projects.
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