Education

State finds problems with school activity funds at George Rogers Clark High

Clark County Superintendent Paul Christy, and George Rogers Clark High School baseball coach Matt Ginter and principal David Bolen all have to take three hours of training from the Kentucky Department of Education on accounting procedures for school activity funds, according to a final report from the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability dated March 30.

Christy, who the report said must make sure that policies are followed, said the training would be Wednesday.

Ginter also coaches a private youth team with tax-exempt status that has no affiliation with the school district. There was a complaint that Ginter used school property for his private team. The report found that Bolen violated district policies by failing to get board approval for the private Legends team to use the high school’s baseball field.

Ginter is the sole owner of Mechanics of Pitching and Hitting, a private business in Clark County, the report said.

He acknowledged to state investigators that he had sold baseball items to the high school directly through his business. The school paid the company more than $10,000 on one occasion in 2012 and $2,100 in another transaction. In 2013, more than $7,000 was paid to his company by baseball boosters and more than $8,000 was paid by the school, the report said.

Ginter, Christy and athletic director Jamie Keene have agreed that, as of this year, Ginter and Mechanics of Pitching and Hitting no longer will sell baseball items to the district, the school or the boosters.

The report concluded that as a district employee Ginter violated district policy and state law by selling baseball-related items to the high school, the report said.

Ginter did not return calls seeking comment.

In an interview, Christy said, “We don’t necessarily agree with all the findings.”

He also said, “We’re going to abide by everything they’ve asked.”

Bolen said he wanted to clarify when he needs to fill out specific forms and do inventory, and how to classify certain equipment — duties the final report said he needed to handle.

Christy said head coaches, booster club officials, district financial staff and others would be at the training session.

“We want to do it right,” Christy said. “We’ll go above and beyond what they ask us to do.”

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears

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