Former school principal pleads not guilty to tampering with government records

August Ahrens Elementary School
August Ahrens Elementary School

The former principal of August Ahrens Elementary School in Waipahu has pleaded not guilty to tampering with government records.

Florentina Smith, 69, was not in court Monday, but entered a plea through her attorney.

According to court documents, the crimes took place in Nov. 2011.

Her arrest came after a year-long investigation by the Department of Education.

Trial is set for Sept. 23.

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