Posted: 7:22 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012
Problems in 2012 with sports fund accounts at Ohio school districts
Coach camp questions in Springboro
The state auditor is gauging whether it can audit accounts used by coaches to manage funds from sports camps in Springboro. Coaches for football, baseball and boys and girls basketball hired a lawyer after the school board began asking for records from the accounts. There have been no audit findings or charges filed.
$4,000 in missing gate receipts in Huber Heights
Jay Minton, the coach and athletic director at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, was ordered to repay more than $4,000 in receipts from a September 2011 football game. Two audits were unable to determine what happened to the money. Minton, as the athletic director was the responsible official, had to repay the money. No charges were filed.
Olentagy ADs cited for misusing athletic funds
Olentangy Liberty High School Athletic Director Thomas Gerhardt submitted his resignation in March after the district investigated his handling of athletic funds. The resignation, effective the end of the 2012 school year, was submitted after a school board member filed a criminal complaint against him and the athletic director at another high school in the district.
The complaint was based on a state audit released in February that found the two athletic directors spent more than $11,000 from personal bank accounts opened in their names for financial activity related to the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) from 2008 to 2011. The two ADs repaid the district. Three district ADs subsequently closed personal accounts used for athletic association funds.
Other Columbus-area districts change policies after $40,000 discrepancy
Worthington, Gahanna-Jefferson and Hilliard school districts changed their handling of receipts from state tournaments by athletic directors. The districts began routing the revenues through the districts’ treasurers offices. The changes followed allegations that Hilliard Bradley High School Athletic Director Neill “Chip” Ebert took $12,000 from a district account for state tournaments for personal use. An audit also found a $40,000 discrepancy between deposits reported to the association and bank statements from 2009 to 2011.
Mansfield-area AD gambled away district funds
Former Madison Comprehensive High School Athletic Director Jim Van Tilburg was sentenced to three years on probation, fined $15,000 and ordered to do 500 hours of community service for theft in office and money laundering. The charges stemmed from his personal use of more than $50,000 in district funds from 2005 to 2011 held in an account set up for high school athletic association funds. Some of the funds were spent gambling, according to reports.
The Dayton Daily News has the past year examining the accounting practices for high school sports programs, and we’ve broken news on investigations at local schools. Count on us to cover this issue as it unfolds.