Athletic boosters treasurer steps down after money went missing

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MONTICELLO, Ill. (WCIA) — Police are working with the Monticello Community School District and the Monticello Athletic Boosters to find stolen money.

Polie say the money is missing from the Athletic Boosters. Investigators say both organizations are cooperating.

The case was sent to Piatt County States Attorney Dana Rhoades for filing theft charges between $500 and $10,000. As a result, Sharilyn Droege has stepped down as treasurer of the Athletic Boosters.

Monticello Athletic Boosters is separate from the Monticello Community Unit School District and no access was gained to school district funds.

Monticello Athletic Boosters and the school district jointly released the following statement:

We were shocked and disappointed to learn of the allegations that inappropriate banking activity has taken place and that the Treasurer of the Monticello Athletic Boosters (MAB) has resigned.

The MAB has appointed a new Treasurer and implement revised procedures for financial oversight. The MAB is doing everything they can to put the necessary checks and balances in place to assure that hard-earned fundraising dollars are never vulnerable again. The Monticello Athletic Boosters is cooperating fully with the investigation being conducted by the Monticello Police Department.

While the Monticello Athletic Boosters is a separate entity from the Monticello School District and no district funds were involved in this situation, they are an integral partner in the district mission to educate the children of our community and the district is assisting them in any way that they can.

The school district already has strict financial controls in place to help prevent things like this from happening, but everyone will review their procedures in light of this situation.

Because this involves an ongoing law enforcement investigation, we cannot comment further at this time.

Vic Zimmerman, Superintendent of Schools
Angie Bundy, Monticello Athletic Boosters President

It’s the second time money has been stolen from an area school organization. Haley and Seth Vanvleet pleaded guilty to stealing $6,000 from the town’s Parent Teacher Organization in 2015. 

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