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6/12/2010 1:52:00 PM
Letter: School owes Wokasch money


Mr. Wokasch has now been asked to pay back the $25,000 in attorney’s and auditor’s fees for the school district. Tom Wokasch’s case will be an agenda item for the school board to consider this coming Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria and school board members have not been allowed to see the audit conducted by the State Auditor General or the separate third party. The separate audit by an accountant not being paid by the district shows that Mr. Wokasch spent about $18,000 on the students meaning the district owes Mr. Wokasch $4,000.

If money was placed in the incorrect accounts we (the parents and students) not Mr. Wokasch owe that money back to the district. As the students were the clear beneficiaries of all the funds generated by the program.

In all other athletic functions in the district the workers are paid to run the events at a rate of $10/hour. The parent and student volunteers who ran the events in questions were never paid for the services they provided as they would have been in every other athletic arena in the district. If the parents and students are now being asked to pay back the funds they generated (for the students) should they not also ask to be paid for the services they provided.

All of that aside, Mr. Wokasch is a clear asset to the community. He is responsible for placing more students into college than any other teacher or employee in the school district. I would like to ask the school board, the Mingus Faculty and Staff and every concerned citizen to support Mr. Wokasch in this time of trial and every educator who has gone out of their way, done something extraordinary all for the good of their students. This is the kind of employee we need to keep in the school district for as long as we can.

Steve Chang

Anthony Lozano

Dan & Blaze Scott

Morgan Scott

Pat & Karen Tavasci

Kurt & Robin Wilber

Ray & Pat Selna

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010
Article comment by: Pat Kaehler

I personally agree with this letter. Mr. Wokash has done more for the boys in teaching, training, and leading them to succeed than anyone else I know that is part of this school district. The Lord's word says we must take out the plank in our own eye before we can take the speck out of someone else's. Mr. Wokash deserves the respect, honor, and support of all of us. Jesus, in one of his parables said, if anyone who has not sinned, let him pick up the first stone and throw it, can any of us do that? We all have errored, this is not the way to set the example...

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Article comment by: Jeff Wyantt

This school board, generally speaking, or superintendent lacks the moral character or reasoning skills to pass judgment on Tom Wokasch. Period!

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010
Article comment by: John A. Bond

It seems rather simply to me. If you want to set this as an example of how to be a role model for our children. You rationalize and tell yourself, the end justifies the means and you give him a pass on his misbehavior.

Think what a wonderful lesson this teaches to the children about honesty ethics, and maturity. And, if he gets a pass the kids can emulate him and do the same thing in the same context in some other situation and justify it by his example. Simple really.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010
Article comment by: Legal or Not Legal?

It is not legal to put district funds in a personal account. Period, amen. This action has nothing to do with Tom's ability to teach kids. Life lessons, maybe. PE, no. Let him teach PE, pay back what was owed, and move on. Now that will be a life lesson for everyone he touched.

Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Article comment by: no free pass

You can not put school funds in your personal account You can twist it,bend it,give it a new face but the end is always the same. He knew the rules of the game and it was not rocket science.. He may be all the things you say but,he can't get a pass on this one.,sorry

Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Article comment by: Verde Commentator

EXCELLENT letter!! Hope the MUHS School Board reads it!!

Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Article comment by: Savannah Gleeson

The rules about how to deal with gate receipts are there because it is too darn easy to steal. Tom knew the rules, he had been following them for years, and then decided to break them. Tom is a great guy and a great coach, but can you blame the board for being upset? He should be punished. By the way, punishment is not necessarily firing him. Why do people jump to firing? A two week suspension sounds good to me. It would definitely take care of the problem

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