In the Star Press news article -Springboro Booster embezzler-sentenced- Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell reminded non-profit organizations of the need to employ a system of checks and balances to make sure that no one person is in charge of cash receipts, bank accounts, and other financial responsibilities.<quoted text>
And speaking of who "had something to do with it", I have often wondered how someone could become that embolden to steal that much cash from children?
The prosecutor in the stated that Mr. Harves acted alone in this endeavor, but who created the environment for him to act this way?
Who failed in their duty to protect the children, the parents who did the work, and the donors who gave the cash?
Which individuals were aware of all the goings on within their schools and purview?
Which individuals were charged by the nature of their jobs with the budgets and finances of these support groups?
Which of these individuals who attended many a casino night or Friday night football game did not notice that the take from these events seemed light year after year after year?
Which principals were involved in the collection of concession stand monies in uncounted brown paper bags stuffed full of cash?
Who submitted Mr. Harves name for membership in the Athletic Hall of Fame 6 months before it all came crashing down on him?
Which Athletic Director put together the original numbers for the pay to participate program demonstrating the supposed shortfalls in funding?
Who hired the Athletic Director that fielded all questions on athletic funding?(The women in the district accounting offices said they were told to refer all questions regarding athletic funding to the Athletic Director)
Who decided that it was best to put the athletic accounting outside the the control of the district accounting offices?
When brought to the Athletic Director's attention that the Boosters had not filed a tax return since 2005, why would the Athletic Director explain it away as "because they did not rise to the $25,000 fund raising threshold required for reporting"?
How is it possible that the Athletic Director and those to whom he reported did not know this was a prevarication?(The very concession stand "donations" the Athletic Director recorded in his booster spreadsheet clearly demonstrated more than $25,000 in fund raising.)
Was the Athletic Director's direct superior at the high school?
Who has control over the athletic budgets and finances at the high school?
Why did no one at the Booster board level never ask for an accounting of the group?
Was the problem a tacit coziness between all parties concerned with the flow of money and accountability?(you don't look in my books too closely and I won't look in yours)
To myself this appears to be a massive failure of leadership at the district level, the high school level, and the booster level. People in whom we put our trust let us down completely.
It remains indicative of the problems that result when we spend other people's money rather than our own.
Fornshell, along with the Warren County Police Chiefs Association, recently sponsored a seminar to train volunteer leaders of youth, church, charitable, and other non-profit organizations as to how to avoid similar thefts from occurring in their organizations.
If the Athletic Boosters Board is operating as a non-profit organizaton, but declare that they are independent of the school board's authority, but they use school resources and students of the school to profit from, then where can accountability begin, and to whom? How can a system like the Boosters, with various branches of independent groups operating voluntarily, know how to keep their "checks and balances" from running into greedy disaster?