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Misconduct Letter Filed with Ohio Department of Education
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 1:24:41 PM - Monroe Ohio

Video: MLS Attorney asks, "Where did we go awry?"

by John Beagle

Today, Bill Deters, the attorney for Monroe Local Schools, mailed a 'misconduct' letter to the Ohio Department of Education. The letter was approved by the school board and named Kelley Thorpe as the person of misconduct.

Here's why: A bond issue approved by Monroe voters in November 2001 for $29.9 million was used to pay $2.9 Million of debt service on un-voted general fund borrowings. That is illegal by Ohio law.

The fund was improperly used from as early as January 2005 through June of this year. Two former treasurers, Sharron Moon and Kelley Thorpe, were in office when the funds were illegally posted. Only Kelley Thorpe is named in the letter.

Timeline

December 19, 2011

The school board decided Monday to file a letter of [admonishment]* professional misconduct with the ODE’s office of professional conduct detailing the actions of Former MLS Treasurer Kelley Thorpe.

The Office of Professional Conduct will receive the letter. The office is within the Ohio Department of Education and is responsible for conducting investigations of individuals who are or want to be licensed by the Ohio Department of Education. The office investigates prior convictions as well as allegations of professional misconduct and/or criminal convictions.

December 21, 2011

Beagle: Can I get a copy of said letter to ODE regarding Kelley Thorpe?

Lolli: I will need to check with the attorney about the letter to ODE. Will get back to you.

Beagle: Is there a similar letter being considered for Sharron Moon?

Lolli: Nothing for Sharron Moon at this time - Board is waiting on the investigation to take any further action.

January 4, 2012

Beagle: Have you been able to check on this document yet? I think our readers have a right to know what was said by the board about the former treasurer.

Lolli: The attorney is mailing me a copy. When I receive it I will get it to you. He told me today that it was mailed to ODE this week.

January 6, 2012

Received Letter: Misconduct Complaint Letter Thorpe


 

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