Flemings schools work with KDE on investigation

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
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FLEMINGSBURG — In the face of an ongoing investigation into the Fleming County School District, the district and the Kentucky Department of Education have been working together in order to prevent similar situations from occurring.

Superintendent Brian Creasman said he recently got in contact with KDE to discuss the alleged discrepancies found in the public funds of the district.

“They’ve been extremely helpful in providing advice,” Creasman said.

According to Creasman, in June, after he and board attorney Monica Hill realized there were missing funds, they handed the investigation over to Kentucky State Police. A third party financial consultant was also hired to help the district explore any further irregularities. The KDE was also immediately involved, once the district was made aware of the discrepancies

“This is an ongoing review,” Creasman said, in a letter issued in late June. “However, as of right now, we have discovered irregularities that are troubling, selfish and egregious.”

As their auditors continue to investigate, more and more discrepancies are being found, according to Creasman. The investigation, which initially reviewed the past year, has now been extended to previous years, insinuating these irregularities are not a recent happening.

“It’s not an organizational issue,” Creasman said, “but towards an individual, and we’re verifying that.”

Based on the internal investigation, a search warrant was issued in early July for a residence in Lewis County for a possible suspect of the missing funds. Creasman was unable to reveal much on the details of the warrant.

“(KSP) executed a search warrant that resulted in seized property,” Creasman said, though he couldn’t go into any further details on what was confiscated.

New details from the investigation are being revealed daily, according to Creasman, though due to the nature of an ongoing investigation, very little can be divulged.

“We’re investigating the possible manipulation, destruction and falsifying of public records,” Creasman said.

This investigation commenced shortly after the resignation of Director of Districtwide Operations and Finance Greg Conway. Creasman declined comment further on Conway’s resignation. After Conway’s departure, the school district office experienced a re-organization of its personnel, even creating a new director of Business and Finance position to ensure no further discrepancies in the public funds occurred.

Since the re-organization, Fleming County native Andy Plank was recently hired as the business and finance director.

Creasman said the investigation is still ongoing, and expects the financial officer to look further into accounts in the following week.

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Jonathan Wright

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