Money is gone from MCMS Cheerleading Booster Club coffers?

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By Patrick Yost Editor

While neither organizers, law enforcement or school administrators are adding details, a police report alleging theft by conversion with the Morgan County Middle School Cheerleader Booster Club was filed at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on February 4.

According to the report, which lists Margaret Ligon, an organizer with the booster club, as the complainant, the alleged theft of conversion took place between August 2, 2013 and January 31, 2014.

Ligon declined to comment on the incident report.

Morgan County School Board member Dave Belton said Tuesday that the incident involved the school’s cheerleader booster group and “I do know some money was taken,” but that beyond that he could not comment and deferred further statements to Morgan County Superintendent Ralph Bennett.

Bennett did not return a phone call request for comment by press time on Tuesday.

During the Morgan County Board of Education meetin on Monday, the board accepted two resignations from Morgan County Middle School para-professionals.

After the meeting, Bennett said, “We have no cause to pursue legal action at this time, but the board will be discussing the reasons surrounding her resignation and how to proceed.”

Citing personnel policy, Bennett would not identify the para–professional to which he was referring.

“Since it’s a personnel matter, I cannot say much about it,” he said.

Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley said investigators at the sheriff’s office were awaiting Morgan County School Board direction before proceeding with an investigation.

“We’ve been waiting for a request from the school board to investigate and then to notify us if they were willing to prosecute or not,” he said.

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