Update III: To put this story to rest: Kevin Liptrap, the former Fairview principal who admitted to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the school, was sentenced to five years of community service, 90 days in a halfway house, and will have to repay every single penny he stole. Also, he'll be forfeiting his pension. (Fox 8)
Update II: Former Fairview High School principal Kevin Liptrap admitted to stealing $60,000 from the school's activities fund and has been ordered to repay the sum, according to the Ohio Auditor's office.
Liptrap was indicted in June on charges of theft. Prosecutors say he pillaged the fund for himself for just over two years, yanking tens of thousands of dollars that he then used on golf and other personal joys on the taxpayers' dime.
The school contacted the auditor's office in September 2010 after noticing chunks of change missing from the athletic department's account. When thousands of dollars were traced to payments at Sweetbriar golf club in Avon, Liptrap said it was for the golf team to practice there. The golf team, of course, did not practice there.
And the dominoes began to fall, leading to his indictment and his admission that his part-time job while being principal was stealing from the school. His salary for his full-time job, incidentally, was $114,000 a year.
Update: Former Fairview Principal Kevin Liptrap has apparently admitted to misusing the student activity funds, according to WOIO. Fairview Superintendent Brion Deitsch says around $50,000 was missing.
Student activity funds remain precious stables of cash for extracurriculars in schools these days, especially with many districts facing budget deficits and cutbacks.
What little dough gets socked away in those funds is depended upon by everyone from debate teams to glee clubs.
With schools and parents tightening their belts to ensure kids get to do all the little extras they want, it's just assumed anyone in charge of those funds would manage them in a judicious and honest fashion.
That doesn't seem to be the case with Kevin Liptrap, Campus Principal of Fairview High School.
Liptrap resigned this week after discrepancies were discovered by school officials in the student activity funds at Fairview.
Turns out a sizable chunk of the cash was gone and accounting irregularities popped up in more than one occasion. Uh oh.
Superintendent Brion Deitsch said the school board accepted Liptrap’s resignation at an board meeting late Tuesday afternoon.
“We discovered the irregularities several weeks ago and contacted authorities immediately,” Deitsch said, adding the state auditor’s office has a special task force conducting the investigation.
He said school officials identified accounting irregularities with student activity funds under the high school principal’s control.
“A preliminary audit indicates there is substantial shortage of student activity accounts. The Fairview Park City School District took immediate and aggressive action with this matter and notified the appropriate authorities,” Deitsch said in a press release.
School officials are cooperating fully in the investigation with the state auditor and law enforcement authorities, Deitsch added.