School investigation leads to warrant

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]

MOREHEAD — A search warrant has been issued by the Kentucky State Police Morehead Post last week in regards to an ongoing investigation involving the Fleming County School system.

Recently, the state police issued a search warrant for a home in Lewis County, “in reference to an ongoing investigation involving the Fleming County School system,” according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Little.

Little could give no further information on the search warrant and said, “the case remains under investigation by Det. Nathan Shortridge.”

State police have been investigating public funds of the Fleming County School disrtict for the past several weeks.

According to Fleming County Schools Superintendent Brian Creasman, after he and board attorney Monica Hill realized there were missing funds, they handed the investigation over to the KSP.

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

Creasman also said the issue was not an organizational one, but instead a problem caused by one individual who no longer works with the school district. Around the same time, former Director of Districtwide Operations and Finance Grag Conway was said to no longer work for Fleming County, but wouldn’t comment further.

Efforts to contact Conway for further comments have been unsuccessful.

Creasman’s statement goes on to say he resolves to find whoever is responsible for the discrepancies made to the school’s public funds.

“To be clear, we have taken this situation seriously from the beginning,” he said. “I want to emphasize to the community that what has occurred are the actions of one individual who took advantage of positional authority and opportunity – while in the end affecting students.”

He also said the district will move forward by implementing additional safeguards to ensure proper use of public funds. Steps toward that end have already been made, by the creation of a director of Business and Finance position, which was approved by the school board at its regular June 18 meeting.

Jonathan Wright

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