Checks written to Bingham High ended up in ex-coach Mark Dubach's 'personal business account'
One mother said she raised the issue of accounting for fees with Dubach after she noticed some of the things she paid for on a Bingham-related trip were not given to the boys. She said her questions damaged her relationship with Dubach to the point that they barely spoke after that. When she and her husband mentioned their suspicions to the principal, she claims they were turned away.
“We made one comment once to Mr. Hicks,” she said. “We got shut down fast. It was so obvious that both my husband and I just shut up.”
Hicks didn’t return phone calls to the Deseret News seeking comment on the new information. But in an earlier interview, he said he never suspected financial issues and that Bingham’s books are audited “four times a year.” He also said no parent had asked him for an accounting of funds solicited for the boys basketball program.
Once Dubach resigned, the district stopped its probe into allegations of financial mismanagement. But the Utah State Office of Education and South Jordan police detectives are continuing separate investigations.
"This is still a pending investigation,” Dubach’s attorney said. “I've contacted South Jordan (police) — we're willing to talk to them. I would ask everyone to be conscientious of the fact that it's an ongoing investigation. All of the evidence is not out there yet.”
Dubach was the fourth recent high-profile high school coach to resign after allegations of financial missteps were discovered or reported. Timpview head football coach Louis Wong resigned both his coaching and teaching positions in May of 2012 after an audit revealed issues with the way fundraising money was handled by the coach and the school. Lone Peak baseball coach Mike LaHargoue resigned in the summer of 2011, just as an audit of his program was initiated by district officials. Lone Peak football coach Tony McGeary recently resigned after issues surrounding a team camp and a sponsorship contract with an Under Armour dealer were found to violate district policy.
The investigation into Timpview's football program prompted changes statewide in the way school officials handle donations, booster accounts and fundraising efforts. The Utah State Office of Education enacted a new rule governing these activities this month.
Jordan School District officials said they have received no complaints or questions from parents regarding finances at Bingham High but said they'd be willing to address any concerns if they're brought to their attention.
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