School fund investigation winds down
The investigation of alleged embezzlement from the Big Timber Grade School’s staff fund is expected to wrap up within a week, Sweet Grass County Attorney Pat Dringman said Monday.
BTGS Superintendent Mark Ketcham approached the Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office with a complaint of potential missing funds in late November after he was made aware of the issue. Neither the amount stolen nor the time period over which the alleged offense occurred have been released by investigators as of press time.
The staff fund consists of contributions from grade school staff members and is used for purchasing gifts for special occasions such as a new baby, retirement or house-warming. No taxpayer dollars are contained within the fund.
Dringman met with BTGS staff last Wednesday, March 8 to provide an update on the investigation along with some insight about the process itself.
“There’s a lot of information that we don’t have,” Ketcham said. “During that time when you kind of feel like nothing’s really going on or nothing’s being done … I think there’s a lot of speculation that gets thrown around.”
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By Mackenzie Reiss / Pioneer Editor