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Riverton School Board Reprimands Superintendent
The Riverton school board is writing letters of reprimand for Superintendent Tom Mulligan and the board secretary. This is punishment for the misuse of school district credit cards we reported in November.
We were there when the board went into executive session around 9 p.m. Monday and when they returned from executive session just before midnight.
Before an audience of eagerly waiting parents, the board took a public vote for the first time, moving to act on several agenda items related to the credit card misuse.
In November, Mulligan admitted to the use of those district credit cards for personal use.
Though the board previously indicated they might pursue an independent audit, tonight they voted before the crowd to not have an independent audit of district finances that would focus on credit card use.
The board did vote to appoint a business manager, Riverton High School Assistant Principal Michael Gum, to oversee district finances. Gum, who was not involved in the misuse of district credit cards, will move into that new position on January 1.
Riverton School Board President Scott McClure wouldn't speak with us on-camera, instead referring us to Riverton Schools Vice President Mike Klebe.
"He was a math teacher in the district," Klebe said of Gum. "He has specific training in this regard. He was not implicated. He never violated any of these policies in terms of purchasing or using the credit card, and I think by bringing Mr. Gum over it brings a lot of credibility to that position."
According to board discussion, Gum will start in the new job at the first of the year.