HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – The superintendent of the Connecticut Technical High School System reportedly spent $84,000 in taxpayer money for memberships for 1,300 local educators in a national group while she ran for election for a vice president’s seat with the organization.

The Hartford Courant reported Friday that Superintendent Nivea Torres bought the memberships for the nonprofit Association for Career and Technical Education in September. The newspaper reported nearly 240 of the 1,300 educators for whom she bought memberships were eligible to vote in the election, which she lost.

Torres has been placed on paid leave while state education officials investigate more than $4.5 million in spending by the Technical High School System.

Torres’ lawyer says she did nothing wrong and the memberships were part of an improvement plan for the school system.

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