Sue Kiesewetter reports
A Lakota East High School teacher has been charged with a misdemeanor count of theft in connection with missing money from the school’s prom fund.
Heather Schoell-Schroeder, 45, of Liberty Township was charged after she and her attorney met with sheriff’s investigators Monday. The Lakota Board of Education is expected to accept her resignation at its meeting tonight, retroactive to May 7.
“Our investigation has concluded,’’ said Sgt. Monte Mayer, spokesman for the Butler County Sheriff’s office. “No other charges are pending.”
Administrators first learned money may have been missing when students arrived at the April 28 prom and had trouble getting in, according to district officials. When students complained to the teacher at least two were asked not to report her, according to a statement from the district.
School officials said the amount missing is about $800 and involved payment for 20 tickets, according to the statement. It is believed that Schoell-Schroeder encouraged students to pay her directly for prom admission instead of waiting in line to buy tickets in the lunchroom.
Even if the students had purchased tickets in the lunchroom, no paper ticket would have been issued because it was credited electronically. Schoell-Schroeder may have told the students to see her at the prom to gain entrance instead of going through the check-in process.
After conducting an internal investigation that began April 30, school officials turned over their information to the sheriff’s office.
Schoell-Schroeder has not been in the classroom since the prom. A substitute teacher has taken over her classroom duties.
Since then, a relative of the teacher has returned $160 to the district, officials said.
School officials are reviewing prom ticket sales to see if changes need to be made.