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Arlington High Employee Investigated For Mishandling Funds

There are 23 comments on the WREG story from Aug 11, 2010, titled Arlington High Employee Investigated For Mishandling Funds. In it, WREG reports that:

WREG On Your Side Investigators Twitter - @nc3investigates [email protected] Students at Arlington High School are planning to put on "The Whiz" in November.

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Mike

Columbus, MS

#1 Aug 11, 2010
It's a shame that this is just now taking place. The funds for the cheer leading program have been mishandled for two years. Some parents questioned, last year, why they were paying so much for cheer leading. On one breakdown of the funds spent was a listing for signs and ribbons costing $150.00 per child. The increase in cost for certain items was due to the sponsor trying to make up for lost or mismanaged funds from the previous year. There's more issues with this program than mishandled funds. If there is any question, the sponsor was the school staff member that resigned. She was allowed to continue to sponsor the cheer squad as an "uncompensated sponsor". There's also issues with integrity of the staff with parents, misconduct between the staff and the girls on the squad, and lies spread by the sponsors and coaches in malicious ways to "punish" girls that have left the squad and moved on to all-star squads.
benny hinn

Collierville, TN

#2 Aug 11, 2010
LOL apes and money...they always think it is theirs and is owed them for just being black.
Hiya

Eads, TN

#3 Aug 11, 2010
Mrs Cox or Mrs Woody. Who of the two resigned?
Concerned

Tallahassee, FL

#4 Aug 11, 2010
UN~HUH!!!
SCS parent

United States

#5 Aug 12, 2010
there are other schools with organizations that the State auditors should be looking at. One club filed a form with the State Auditors office last year. But so far, nothing has come up.
Ms Sanders

Memphis, TN

#6 Aug 12, 2010
Am I to understand that this is all about cheerleading and it's funding at Arlington High?

Of all things...cheerleading...for heavens sake! That's not newsworthy!
ms c

Memphis, TN

#7 Aug 12, 2010
Mrs. Cox left.
Jonathon

Godfrey, IL

#8 Aug 12, 2010
Mike wrote:
It's a shame that this is just now taking place. The funds for the cheer leading program have been mishandled for two years. Some parents questioned, last year, why they were paying so much for cheer leading. On one breakdown of the funds spent was a listing for signs and ribbons costing $150.00 per child. The increase in cost for certain items was due to the sponsor trying to make up for lost or mismanaged funds from the previous year. There's more issues with this program than mishandled funds. If there is any question, the sponsor was the school staff member that resigned. She was allowed to continue to sponsor the cheer squad as an "uncompensated sponsor". There's also issues with integrity of the staff with parents, misconduct between the staff and the girls on the squad, and lies spread by the sponsors and coaches in malicious ways to "punish" girls that have left the squad and moved on to all-star squads.
How do you know all this if you are in Greenville MS and this is about Arlington TN? Or, are you the one lying and spreading malicious rumors?
WREG Investigators

Chicago, IL

#9 Aug 12, 2010
If anyone has further information on this situation, will you please email us at [email protected] ? We are still following this story and need your help as we continue to investigate. Thanks!
Melissa

United States

#10 Aug 13, 2010
Jonathon wrote:
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How do you know all this if you are in Greenville MS and this is about Arlington TN? Or, are you the one lying and spreading malicious rumors?
Jonathon - maybe he has family there...how do you know they are malicious rumors? you are in IL

cheerleading or not stealing money from a school and kids is just wrong
ms c

Memphis, TN

#11 Aug 16, 2010
It's not just from cheerleaders. she was over all the finances at AHS. money is missing from other sports as well. she just happended to also be the cheer coach.
Anonymous

Moyock, NC

#12 Aug 16, 2010
To think, I moved to Arlington because everyone said they have great schools. I guess no city is immune to criminals. I knew something was wrong when my daughter told me how much it costs to get into cheerleading. Now I hope they look into every other activity in that school that requires money to participate. I love how you have to pay $50 for art supplies,$45 for 2 gym suits,$25 per class for honors tests,$5 for a locker fee. I thought this was a public high school. Do my inflated property taxes help pay for any of this?
AHS Fraud tipster

Arlington, TN

#13 Aug 16, 2010
Just so people understand, so far there is close to $200,000 missing. Also Dr. Cuzzins is still trying to hide missing money from the auditors. Just a week ago he ordered the current cheer booster president to pay an $11,000 invoice from this years funds, that the books showed had been payed last year.
Former Cheer Mom

Miami, FL

#14 Aug 17, 2010
AHS Fraud tipster wrote:
Just so people understand, so far there is close to $200,000 missing. Also Dr. Cuzzins is still trying to hide missing money from the auditors. Just a week ago he ordered the current cheer booster president to pay an $11,000 invoice from this years funds, that the books showed had been payed last year.
I have a hard time believing that the cheer boosters would have anything to do with all of this. Lets keep in mind, the money that is missing is from the High School itself, not from the cheer program. These kids work very hard all year long and are 4 time NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. Sounds like someone is trying to tarnish their reputation and the reputation of the Arlington cheer program! Go Arlington Cheer, you have my support!
Anonymous

Portsmouth, VA

#15 Aug 17, 2010
Thank you Former Cheer Mom. You are the reason cheerleaders are stereotyped. They are 4 time National Champs, that makes it alright to cheat the girls and the school out of a parents hard earned money. I don't care about their reputation. I care about why I have to pay so much money for my child to participate in extra-curricular activities. This story is not about the girls, it is about a typical criminal, finding the easy way to make a buck. I support athletics and any program that gets our kids in shape but what is the purpose of cheerleading anyway? Is it a way for a middle aged mother to live vicariously through their teenaged daughter? Honest question, I am not insulting anyone, just want some facts.
Former Cheer Mom

Miami, FL

#16 Aug 17, 2010
I fought for this wrote:
Thank you Former Cheer Mom. You are the reason cheerleaders are stereotyped. They are 4 time National Champs, that makes it alright to cheat the girls and the school out of a parents hard earned money. I don't care about their reputation. I care about why I have to pay so much money for my child to participate in extra-curricular activities. This story is not about the girls, it is about a typical criminal, finding the easy way to make a buck. I support athletics and any program that gets our kids in shape but what is the purpose of cheerleading anyway? Is it a way for a middle aged mother to live vicariously through their teenaged daughter? Honest question, I am not insulting anyone, just want some facts.
I never said it was alright for Mrs Cox to steal from anyone! All I am saying is the person that says they are the cheer tipster sounds like they are making stuff up. The majority of the money that she stole if indeed it is around $200K would have had to of been from the school. Lets keep in mind that this lady was first and foremost the financial secretary for the entire school, and she just happened to be the cheerleading sponsor also. It seems to me that some people are making this about the cheerleaders and my point was that for those folks ....IT IS NOT ABOUT THE KIDS! So stop trying to tarnish this program.

And if you want to know what the purpose of the cheerleading program is then just look around at any of the other programs. It offers the same types of things. It keeps the kids in shape, allows them to learn the concept of working within a team, all the while trying to entertain, motivate and unite spectators of the other teams that are competing.

And one last thing....If you knew anything at all about this cheerleading program you would know that the parents pay for their children to participate in this sport! This program receives NO FUNDING from the school, other programs or the board of education. So yes it may be expensive, but unless you have a child on this program then you have NOTHING to say about how much it is. Unlike band and other athletic programs at that school, these kids practice 4-5 days a week for 2-3 hours at a time all for the love of the sport.....NOT because they are getting any school credits for it.

And I am sure "I fought for this" that you were not trying to insult any of the cheer kids or their parents, you are just someone who has an opinion about things that you know nothing about...so I promise you I do not feel insulted at all. I am very proud of my former cheerleader and still will support this program regardless of what the outcome is for Mrs Cox. What she did was wrong, but that is all on her....no one else.
I fought for this

Eads, TN

#17 Aug 17, 2010
Thank you for the education. Unfortunately you told me nothing I did not already know. You bring me right back to the point I have been trying to make. Is cheerleading a school program, like soccer, baseball, etc? If it is then why is it necessary to charge such a high amount for a child to participate. My daughter is into cheerleading but I refused to pay that unnecessary fee. I thought school programs were supposed to be free. I grew up in Maryland and I did not have to pay to participate in any of the high school sports. Is it a one time fee you pay or are the coaches paid by the hour? I would love to see the budget of this program. I think it is great to be a part of any organization and getting exercise. I just think it should be available to anyone that is eligible based on grades and conduct, not their parents net income. There are a fair amount of low income families with students at Arlington HS, are any of these students on the cheer squad?
I fought for this

Eads, TN

#18 Aug 17, 2010
Former Cheer Mom. I apologize for picking on the cheer program. I mean no harm to them. I mention the cheerleaders because it was brought up in earlier posts. I agree that cheer is not the only program that has led to the $200,000 shortage. Now what else is Mrs.Cox hiding. Make the school budget available for the public. I would love to see where all our money goes.
Former Cheer Mom

Miami, FL

#20 Aug 18, 2010
I fought for this wrote:
Thank you for the education. Unfortunately you told me nothing I did not already know. You bring me right back to the point I have been trying to make. Is cheerleading a school program, like soccer, baseball, etc? If it is then why is it necessary to charge such a high amount for a child to participate. My daughter is into cheerleading but I refused to pay that unnecessary fee. I thought school programs were supposed to be free. I grew up in Maryland and I did not have to pay to participate in any of the high school sports. Is it a one time fee you pay or are the coaches paid by the hour? I would love to see the budget of this program. I think it is great to be a part of any organization and getting exercise. I just think it should be available to anyone that is eligible based on grades and conduct, not their parents net income. There are a fair amount of low income families with students at Arlington HS, are any of these students on the cheer squad?
One thing I think Arlington High does right is they do have programs that anyone and everyone can participate in. There is a basketball cheerleading group at Arlington that does not compete, and I think the cost is WAY cheaper. Have your daughter check into that program and see if that might work better for her. I know what it is like to have a child that loves to cheer but you just can't afford that competitive program. Good luck to her!
Anonymous

Virginia Beach, VA

#21 Aug 18, 2010
Thank you. I will look into that. I am not financially strapped I just don't like giving my money away. I also apologize if I insulted you in any way. I just get a little fired up when I read stories about people stealing from others. I am still an avid supporter of Arlington HS, it has problems but I'll take this over city schools any day.

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