Poway schools Superintendent John Collins. Photo via YouTube.com

The fired former superintendent of the Poway Unified School District is facing felony charges for allegedly misappropriating school funds, according to media reports.

Voice of San Diego, which has extensively covered the district’s financial problems, reported Monday that a complaint against former superintendent John Collins was filed last week by the San Diego County District Attorney’s office.

Collins could face more than seven years in prison if convicted of all charges, according to a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office.

The school board fired Collins a year ago after auditors found $345,000 in improper payments. The district is seeking to recover that money.

The termination followed a 27-year tenure at the district, where Collins won praise for overseeing some of San Diego County’s highest performing schools.

Collins is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday at the downtown courthouse.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.