Cedar Hills Elementary librarian arrested, charged with grand theft

Pamela Drinkwater, 61, to be reassigned during investigation

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Pamela Drinkwater
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Pamela Drinkwater (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 61-year-old librarian at Cedar Hills Elementary School was arrested and charged with grand theft, according to a news release Wednesday from Duval County Public Schools.

Pamela Drinkwater will be reassigned while the school district conducts an investigation, the release said. It said Drinkwater has been an employee with Duval County Public Schools since January 2008.

Drinkwater’s work with DCPS began at Enterprise Learning Academy, where she was an elementary standards coach, the district said, and that she worked at Long Branch Elementary School before being assigned to Cedar Hills in 2014.

According to her arrest report, Drinkwater held a book fair in October 2018, during which there were $3,600 in sales. The report said $1,500 in cash was collected, and another $900 in credit card payments, leaving $1,400 due to Scholastic Book Fairs. The company contacted Drinkwater repeatedly about the money owed, to no avail, and then contacted the principal, according to the report. When Drinkwater kept changing her story as to where the rest of the money was, the principal called in the school board police, and she was arrested on a charge of grand theft, the report shows.

Parents were notified of the arrest through a phone call from the school’s principal.

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