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Top FBI agent goes to Gardner-Edgerton school headquarters

Sign-in sheet at Gardner-Edgerton school board (Alice Barr/KCTV5) Sign-in sheet at Gardner-Edgerton school board (Alice Barr/KCTV5)
GARDNER, KS (KCTV) -

Records show a top FBI agent checked into headquarters at the Gardner-Edgerton School District last week.

Special Agent Karen Smilgis signed in about 11 a.m. and was at the district headquarters until 2:30 p.m., according to records reviewed by KCTV5. Smilgis specializes partly in public corruption issues.

Signing in about the same time as Smilgis was Doug Nolen, who works for the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Education. The office conducts audits, investigations and inspections of educational programs and operations.

Nolen left at the same time as Smilgis.

Bridget Patton, a spokeswoman for the FBI, told KCTV5 on Tuesday that she could neither confirm nor deny whether the federal government is investigating the district, any of its employees, board members or representatives.

The Gardner-Edgerton school board has made headlines since abruptly firing Superintendent Bill Gilhaus and two of his top administrators last month. The board voted 4-3 and questions have been raised about the legality of the firings. However, others have said the firings were justified and more questionable actions by district officials have been coming to light.

The Gardner News reported that board member James Repshire, the most outspoken board member in opposition to the firings, is linked to an electric company that received $61,000 from the district. 

Smilgis drew national acclaim for her role in investigating and raiding a large dog fighting operation in Missouri, Kansas and Texas in March 2013.

Smilgis joined the FBI in October 2007. According to a biography, she is assigned to the Kansas City division to investigate matters on the Joint Terrorism Task Force/International Terrorism Squad, Gangs and Criminal Enterprises Squad and the Public Corruption Squad.

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