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Say What

Springfield, OH

#30752 Feb 22, 2014
Show me the money wrote:
What kind of person is Coach Wilhite? "They told me to do it, so I blindly followed. I kept the money because they told me to?"
Good thing he wasn't told to put the kids on train cars and send them to camps. Oh, wait, he had his own camps. He had the high school players work the camps, didn't pay them and kept the money, because he wasn't told to turn the money in.
What?
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#30753 Feb 22, 2014
Lie in it wrote:
<quoted text>The people that you are in bed with are the ones that choose her!
As I said in my post I am sure she did not mean to sound like this, but it does come off as a little Orwellian in tone.

A trait I thought you would enjoy, let Wickipedia provide you a brief synopsis and see if you discover any similarities between the novel and our present state of affairs.

The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or, in the government's invented language, Newspeak, called Ingsoc) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrimes".

The tyranny is epitomised by Big Brother, the quasi-divine Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist.

Big Brother and the Party justify their oppressive rule in the name of a supposed greater good.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#30754 Feb 22, 2014
For those of you who would like to read this tome, its working title is "1984".
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#30755 Feb 23, 2014
This is what the state auditor's investigator came away with after interviewing Mr. Wilhite.

According to the State of Ohio Auditor's report Mr. Wilhite "believes" it took three years before he began cutting out the Football Moms Club and the Boosters from the summer camp revenue stream because Mr. Holtrey "requested" him to do so.

Conveniently this money now found its way into a private account that only Mr. Wilhite controlled with no oversight from anyone except Mr. Wilhite.

And without the interference of those Football Moms and Boosters, 100% of the money was now his.

State Auditor Report
Springboro Community City School District
December 12, 2013

2. Springboro Football Camp
A bank account was maintained by Ryan Wilhite, the Springboro High School head football coach who operated the summer football camp. Mr. Wilhite indicated that he had been operating a camp for approximately 7 years. He believes he opened the account in 2009 per the request of the former ATHLETIC DIRECTOR (Mr. Holtrey).

Prior to operating his own bank account, the camp’s financial activity was accounted for through an organization known as the ‘Springboro Football Moms Club’ and the Springboro Boosters.

During our interview, Mr. Wilhite stated that some of the checks that were written to him were used to pay for other High School team related expenses, pay camp workers in cash or reimburse him for other expenses made out of personal funds. He also indicated that after he had paid for all of the expenses (camp workers, t-shirts) related to the camp, he considered any funds remaining to be his stipend.
parent

Springfield, OH

#30756 Feb 23, 2014
Show me the money wrote:
As a parent who sold everything and paid for everything, and did everything ever asked for by the Coach, I sure do feel foolish to know that it didn't help buy equipment, or uniforms, or anything else it was supposed to, but just went to making the coach's lifestyle better rather than my own or my kids. And my family could afford it. What about families that struggled to make ends meet, and were out raising money for sports fundraisers instead of maybe earning a little more for their own family?
Those coaches, the former AD, and the former Principal and Superintendent should really be ashamed of themselves. Malone should resign from the Board he should be so ashamed of himself. If not, he should be removed by the Ethics Commission or some other official body for participating in and covering up the theft and deception going on under his watch.
I am a proud parent of a Boro high school student who's in varsity in a sport not named in the auditor's report. There's been a lot posted here about past deceptive acts of certain Boro coaches. While most of us has read State Auditor Yost's Dec 12th report and know about Harves' jail time, something we should keep in mind is there are other coaches in this district who are genuinely honest people. Not only are they honest, they're SMART enough to understand why managing summer camp fees / concessions via use of personal banking accounts isn't such a great idea ethically.

Of course no one's ever perfect; and temptation to steal is everpresent and virtually everywhere. There are plenty of current Springboro coaches who served from 2011-2012 that didn't show up on the state auditor's report. Next time you see one of them, go out of your way to give them a smile and shake their hand.
For Sure

Springfield, OH

#30757 Feb 23, 2014
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
<quoted text>
As I said in my post I am sure she did not mean to sound like this, but it does come off as a little Orwellian in tone.
A trait I thought you would enjoy, let Wickipedia provide you a brief synopsis and see if you discover any similarities between the novel and our present state of affairs.
The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or, in the government's invented language, Newspeak, called Ingsoc) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrimes".
The tyranny is epitomised by Big Brother, the quasi-divine Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist.
Big Brother and the Party justify their oppressive rule in the name of a supposed greater good.
Your knowledge and expertise on many subjects are proven by your comments on this topix blog; but do you think it shows your good judgment of a school employee for you to say what YOU are sure that she does not mean?

As a professional educator and an influential role model inside our schools, it is expected that She say to the WDTN TV news exactly what she means to communicate, as SHS principal, to the outside community of Springboro taxpayers/voters.
Show me the money

Wilmington, OH

#30758 Feb 23, 2014
parent wrote:
<quoted text>
I am a proud parent of a Boro high school student who's in varsity in a sport not named in the auditor's report. There's been a lot posted here about past deceptive acts of certain Boro coaches. While most of us has read State Auditor Yost's Dec 12th report and know about Harves' jail time, something we should keep in mind is there are other coaches in this district who are genuinely honest people. Not only are they honest, they're SMART enough to understand why managing summer camp fees / concessions via use of personal banking accounts isn't such a great idea ethically.
Of course no one's ever perfect; and temptation to steal is everpresent and virtually everywhere. There are plenty of current Springboro coaches who served from 2011-2012 that didn't show up on the state auditor's report. Next time you see one of them, go out of your way to give them a smile and shake their hand.
Next time you see those other coaches, ask to see their records before shaking their hands. The amount of money turned into the school for camps and other fees was extremely small prior to 2012. Lack of evidence is not the same thing as innocence. The report stated that they looked into the camps that had flyers on the Springboro Website. They did not say that they looked into ALL CAMPS and ALL FUNDRAISERS. The other sports coaches may have done nothing wrong, or may not have been caught.
Hold the Donuts

Springfield, OH

#30759 Feb 23, 2014
parent wrote:
<quoted text>
I am a proud parent of a Boro high school student who's in varsity in a sport not named in the auditor's report. There's been a lot posted here about past deceptive acts of certain Boro coaches. While most of us has read State Auditor Yost's Dec 12th report and know about Harves' jail time, something we should keep in mind is there are other coaches in this district who are genuinely honest people. Not only are they honest, they're SMART enough to understand why managing summer camp fees / concessions via use of personal banking accounts isn't such a great idea ethically.
Of course no one's ever perfect; and temptation to steal is everpresent and virtually everywhere. There are plenty of current Springboro coaches who served from 2011-2012 that didn't show up on the state auditor's report. Next time you see one of them, go out of your way to give them a smile and shake their hand.
Of course, "There are plenty of current Springboro coaches who served from 2011-2012 that didn't show up on the state auditor's report."

Of course "There are other coaches in this district who are genuinely honest people," and they are SMART enough to know that resisting temptation to do wrong, even when no one is looking, is the HONEST thing to do; and doing right is its own reward of never having your name come up in a school audit or a criminal investigation of stealing money.

Applause Applause fades quickly and smiles often get turned upside down; but a good reputation of standing strong on principles, and being honest in your professional duties
become a part of good character, and lasts forever.
Hold the Donuts

Springfield, OH

#30760 Feb 23, 2014
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
This is what the state auditor's investigator came away with after interviewing Mr. Wilhite.
According to the State of Ohio Auditor's report Mr. Wilhite "believes" it took three years before he began cutting out the Football Moms Club and the Boosters from the summer camp revenue stream because Mr. Holtrey "requested" him to do so.
Conveniently this money now found its way into a private account that only Mr. Wilhite controlled with no oversight from anyone except Mr. Wilhite.
And without the interference of those Football Moms and Boosters, 100% of the money was now his.
State Auditor Report
Springboro Community City School District
December 12, 2013
2. Springboro Football Camp
A bank account was maintained by Ryan Wilhite, the Springboro High School head football coach who operated the summer football camp. Mr. Wilhite indicated that he had been operating a camp for approximately 7 years. He believes he opened the account in 2009 per the request of the former ATHLETIC DIRECTOR (Mr. Holtrey).
Prior to operating his own bank account, the camp’s financial activity was accounted for through an organization known as the ‘Springboro Football Moms Club’ and the Springboro Boosters.
During our interview, Mr. Wilhite stated that some of the checks that were written to him were used to pay for other High School team related expenses, pay camp workers in cash or reimburse him for other expenses made out of personal funds. He also indicated that after he had paid for all of the expenses (camp workers, t-shirts) related to the camp, he considered any funds remaining to be his stipend.
Stay Focused on the failures of past practices of those coaches whose name is showing up in the audit; Those who care about the future of our school children and community will not be distracted from holding these wrong-doers accountable, iby those proud ones among us who love to bask in the spotlight of glory and praise.

Stay Focused on the failures of past practices of those coaches whose name is showing up in the audit. Those who care about the future of our school children and community will not be distracted from holding these wrong-doers accountable, by those proud ones among us who love to bask in the spotlight of glory and praise.
Say It Again

Springfield, OH

#30761 Feb 23, 2014
Show me the money wrote:
<quoted text>
Next time you see those other coaches, ask to see their records before shaking their hands. The amount of money turned into the school for camps and other fees was extremely small prior to 2012. Lack of evidence is not the same thing as innocence. The report stated that they looked into the camps that had flyers on the Springboro Website. They did not say that they looked into ALL CAMPS and ALL FUNDRAISERS. The other sports coaches may have done nothing wrong, or may not have been caught.
With the close knit relationship of all coaches and the union masters' circling of wagons,
which is a proven fact in this school district, can it possibly be that "those other coaches" may have done nothing wrong; but proudly looked the other way in loyalty to the brotherhood union who were engaged in wrong-doing?
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#30762 Feb 23, 2014
For Sure wrote:
<quoted text>
Your knowledge and expertise on many subjects are proven by your comments on this topix blog; but do you think it shows your good judgment of a school employee for you to say what YOU are sure that she does not mean?
As a professional educator and an influential role model inside our schools, it is expected that She say to the WDTN TV news exactly what she means to communicate, as SHS principal, to the outside community of Springboro taxpayers/voters.
I just quoted what it sounded like to me, to a person who never read any of George Orwell's material the allusions I made would have fallen on deaf ears. How Ms Daniel's sounded to others is for them to decide.
parent

Springfield, OH

#30764 Feb 23, 2014
Show me the money wrote:
<quoted text>
Next time you see those other coaches, ask to see their records before shaking their hands. The amount of money turned into the school for camps and other fees was extremely small prior to 2012. Lack of evidence is not the same thing as innocence. The report stated that they looked into the camps that had flyers on the Springboro Website. They did not say that they looked into ALL CAMPS and ALL FUNDRAISERS. The other sports coaches may have done nothing wrong, or may not have been caught.
After an exhausting amount of research time, Yost's office found "conditions" in 5 Springboro sports programs: football, baseball, girl's volleyball, and both boy's and girls basketball.

There were no other sports programs listed in Yost's report.

Re: your comment "Lack of evidence is not the same as innocence"
If you sincerely believe in this philosophy, perhaps it's time you pack up and move to Beijing.
stipend My arse

Springfield, OH

#30765 Feb 23, 2014
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
Good link to the State Auditor Report
http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/news/docum...
It's unbelievable that some of the individuals listed on the report are still working as teachers in Springboro schools.
No!......Wait! It's not so unbelievable after all. The SEA protects their own, regardless of whether "their own" is found to be honest or dishonest person, or found to be an excellent or subpar educator.

The money in question was stolen from families of student athletes. Obviously not all of it has been repaid.

Each Springboro high school student should have fair opportunity to read this report so that they may realize it's long term significance to their sports programs, this district and the entire community.

Multiple copies of the auditor's report should be clearly posted, behind glass, with each page shown, in each and every hallway at Springboro High School aa well as Springboro Jr High.
Parents Two

Springfield, OH

#30766 Feb 23, 2014
parent wrote:
<quoted text>
After an exhausting amount of research time, Yost's office found "conditions" in 5 Springboro sports programs: football, baseball, girl's volleyball, and both boy's and girls basketball.
There were no other sports programs listed in Yost's report.
Re: your comment "Lack of evidence is not the same as innocence"
If you sincerely believe in this philosophy, perhaps it's time you pack up and move to Beijing.
Or, better still, perhaps it's time for these coaches to pack up their sports bags and move on
out of Springboro, you know, just doing it "for the kids."
Do u know the Chief

Springfield, OH

#30767 Feb 23, 2014
All Springboro residents need to read this short article. Chief Kruitoff needs to go!! Please people we deserve so much better than this clown.
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2002/03/23/l...
Just Imagine

Springfield, OH

#30768 Feb 23, 2014
parent wrote:
<quoted text>
I am a proud parent of a Boro high school student who's in varsity in a sport not named in the auditor's report. There's been a lot posted here about past deceptive acts of certain Boro coaches. While most of us has read State Auditor Yost's Dec 12th report and know about Harves' jail time, something we should keep in mind is there are other coaches in this district who are genuinely honest people. Not only are they honest, they're SMART enough to understand why managing summer camp fees / concessions via use of personal banking accounts isn't such a great idea ethically.
Of course no one's ever perfect; and temptation to steal is everpresent and virtually everywhere. There are plenty of current Springboro coaches who served from 2011-2012 that didn't show up on the state auditor's report. Next time you see one of them, go out of your way to give them a smile and shake their hand.
Just imagine an individual who, let's say works in a bank, and is caught stealing money.

Would it be reasoned that no one's ever perfect, and temptation to steal is everpresent and virtually everywhere?

Would customers be told - there are plenty of current employees who have worked in the bank from 2011-2012 that did not steal; and that they should go out of their way to give them a smile and shake their hand?
we were fooled again

Springfield, OH

#30769 Feb 23, 2014
Do u know the Chief wrote:
All Springboro residents need to read this short article. Chief Kruitoff needs to go!! Please people we deserve so much better than this clown.
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2002/03/23/l...
Here in the Boro, an ability to manipulate information & consistently be intransparent to the community appear to be hiring prerequisites for prospective public employees.
poundsand

Dayton, OH

#30770 Feb 24, 2014
The cronyism in this school district is disgusting.

This town needs an enema.
Curious

Dayton, OH

#30771 Feb 24, 2014
As a parent, I have put my children through several camps at SHS in preparation for their sport(s). In the past, my kids would bring home a flyer or I would see a flyer online that gives the details about the camp (cost, times, place, etc.). I don't remember ever seeing where the money will go - I had always expected that it paid for the equipment, t-shirts and the coaches.
I guess I am confused by all of the complaints on here about "stipends" that these coaches received. No where that I can recall did I ever see written or verbally expressed that these coaches were strictly volunteering their time. As for the cost of the camp, as a parent, I look at what I pay and what my child is getting in return. If it is too high then I question it or don't send my child.
Now I know the policy has changed (or was created new) regarding these camps and the district is now getting some percentage which makes sense to cover usage of courts/fields/etc. Was there a policy before?

Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#30772 Feb 24, 2014
parent wrote:
<quoted text>
I am a proud parent of a Boro high school student who's in varsity in a sport not named in the auditor's report. There's been a lot posted here about past deceptive acts of certain Boro coaches. While most of us has read State Auditor Yost's Dec 12th report and know about Harves' jail time, something we should keep in mind is there are other coaches in this district who are genuinely honest people. Not only are they honest, they're SMART enough to understand why managing summer camp fees / concessions via use of personal banking accounts isn't such a great idea ethically.
Of course no one's ever perfect; and temptation to steal is everpresent and virtually everywhere. There are plenty of current Springboro coaches who served from 2011-2012 that didn't show up on the state auditor's report. Next time you see one of them, go out of your way to give them a smile and shake their hand.
There are many coaches for a variety of sports that our children are participate in each year. I note my daughters's cross country coach Mr. Ron Rohrer, then Mr Jeremy Wysocki were not involved in the diversions of funds from the kids into their pockets.

I also note my daughter's track coach, Mr. Wayne Kemper's name conspicuously absent from the list the State Auditor decided was worthy of a glance. I recall Mr. Kemper going out into the community to solicit funds so that we could again host a major track meet in Springboro. He was successful garnering a major sponsor in the local Eagles lodge and the result is a money making affair each spring at the high school track.

Mr. Chad Adams at the junior high has also built upon what Mr. Kemper began with a major (21 teams last year) track meet for the junior high that returned us over $10,000 on a wonderfully crappy night filled with rain, sleet, wind, plummeting temperatures, and memories that will last a lifetime for the kids who participated.

The point is these men did it to build the program they were involved in with our kids. They did not do this to line their pockets, even though it was above and beyond their normal duties. For that I wish to applaud these gentlemen and all those who gave unselfishly of their time and effort to make good things happen for our kids.

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