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Ex-AD  part of funding probe

PETERBOROUGH — ConVal School District Supt. Brendan Minnihan confirmed late Monday that ConVal Athletic Director Jon Hall had resigned in connection with a funding-related investigation.

“Approximately two weeks ago we became aware of discrepancies in student activity funds,” wrote Minnihan in an email to the Ledger-Transcript in response to a request for comment on Hall’s resignation. “These are funds that various student groups raise through fundraising or other activities. Discrepancies in the cash receipts were discovered when bank deposits were made.”

According to Minnihan, ConVal school officials launched an internal investigation, and also reported the discrepancies to Peterborough police. Minnihan also wrote that “although no conclusive evidence was uncovered, we have determined that proper record-keeping protocols were not followed. The district takes this matter seriously and will be reviewing and revising its practices to assure that tighter financial controls are implemented and followed. The district will also assure that all student activity funds are made whole. It is our understanding that no criminal charges will be pursued against any individual.”

A phone message left requesting comment from Hall was not returned by press time Monday.

It remains unclear how much money is missing and exactly for what it was intended. The athletic director has oversight of dozens of clubs not associated with the Athletic Department. The statement also did not address the potential role Hall played in the discrepancies, nor did it state why Mel Keeler, administrative assistant in the Athletic Department, resigned the same day. Hall also stepped down as coach of the ConVal boys soccer team.

Last week, ConVal officials refused to comment on the reasoning for the resignations, calling it a personnel matter.

ConVal Principal Brian Pickering said the high school’s administrative team is discussing how best to fill the athletic director role. “We have more than 30 different clubs not connected to athletics,” Pickering said last week. “It’s a challenging job and requires many weekends and nights.”

He said the school may plan to hire an interim athletic director for this year and open a search in the spring, but that decision has not yet been made.

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