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Waterloo schools supt. under federal investigation


WATERLOO (KWWL) - Waterloo Schools Superintendent Gary Norris is under investigation by the FBI.

The investigation centers on the purchase and installation of the interactive white boards in classes in Waterloo and in Sarasota, Florida where he was superintendent.

Norris insists he did not receieve any kickbacks.

He sent them a letter to school board members Wednesday spelling out, essentially, his defense.

He, the Waterloo School District, his former school district in Sarasota, Florida, and Bob and Lora Hanson of Florida have all been subpoenaed in the case.

The Hansons helped Waterloo Schools with its strategic plan and its technology strategy.

The Activboard has been a centerpiece of Norris administration since he was hired nearly two years ago.

They're computer screens that can be used for videos or creating lesson plans.

Norris told us he got the subpoena from federal investigators Wednesday.

It asks for all information related to his dealings with the maker of the equipment, Promethean, Inc. and the Hansons.

In his letter to the school board, he says he doesn't know why he's the target of an investigation.

He says he's never gotten kickbacks or anything else from Promethean nor has "any entanglements with the Hansons."

He says he's complying with investigators.

Norris will be required to appear before a grand jury in Florida.

To see Norris' letter to the school board, click here.

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