FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dear Fleming Countians,
Over the past several days, Monica Hill, the Board Attorney, and I have been reviewing a situation regarding a district employee. Once we were made aware of the situation, we immediately began to investigate to determine the facts. This is an ongoing review; however, as of right now we have discovered irregularities that are troubling, selfish, and egregious.
As educators and public servants, we are entrusted with public funds and must work each day to make sure that those funds help ALL students to meet their goals, NOT our personal goals. We must always remember these are not our funds but funds to be used to help educate our students and grow the community. Due to the severity of the irregularities that we have discovered up to this point, we have turned the investigation over to the Kentucky State Police. We are continuing our investigation using a third party financial consultant to assist in identifying further irregularities and help in implementing additional safeguards while also identifying other supports needed. Unfortunately, I cannot provide too much detail as this is an ongoing investigation.
To be clear, we have taken this situation seriously from the beginning. 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. No matter what, our efforts as educators, administrators and adults always have a positive or negative impact on students, and in this case, this individual chose to impact students of Fleming County negatively. No one is above the law, and we are working closely with state authorities to hold this individual accountable.
Our review and our actions must demonstrate that this is not an organizational issue, but instead a problem with one individual who is no longer with Fleming County Schools. When I arrived in 2014, I communicated clear expectations in regards to public finances. We are accountable for every public dollar and required to maximize every dollar for students. The Fleming County Board of Education has repeatedly stated that the expectation for all faculty and staff is to be student-centered.
I apologize for what has occurred but know this; I expect this individual to be held accountable. The district will move forward by implementing additional safeguards to ensure that we follow best practices and remain committed to the success of ALL students. Even in times like these, our commitment to becoming a District of Distinction only grows stronger, as students always deserve the best education possible. I want to be clear, as educators, we are here to help students, not ourselves!
Our Journey Continues…
Brian K. Creasman
Fleming County Schools