Lansing School Board Member Resigns; Police Investigation Underway

(WLNS) – Lansing school district officials say a school board member has resigned from her post and is also under investigation by police.

Citing family reasons, Nicole Armbruster submitted her resignation from the Lansing school board earlier this week. The school board will take up her resignation at tonight’s meeting. School officials also say they met with police on Monday to discuss allegations of possible fraud, prompting police to launch an investigation.

The Lansing City Pulse broke the story Thursday morning.

Due to the fact that this is an open investigation, the department said it would be inappropriate to comment further.

According to the district’s website, the 35-year-old Armbruster was serving as the vice-president of the Lewton Elementary School PTA.

Armbruster was appointed to the Lansing Board of Education in January 2011 and elected to retain her seat in November 2011.

Two school district officials have confirmed a letter of resignation is being presented at tonight’s meeting. Both say the letter cites personal reasons for resigning.

Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski has confirmed that his department has begun an investigation at the school district for allegations he characterized as “fraud”. He would not confirm that Armbruster is the subject of the investigation.

No charges have been filed against Armbruster. A Lansing police spokesperson says if the investigation determines there is evidence or probable cause, it would be turned over to the prosecutor’s office.

6 News has reached out to both Armbruster and her attorney. The attorney says he has no comment about the investigation or the lack of one.

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