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Glenn Hills High principal receives reprimands

Administrator suspended for 10 days for missing money

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Glenn Hills High School Principal Wayne Frazier has received a 10-day suspension without pay involving a case in which his school's former bookkeeper was accused of taking student activities funds.

Glenn Hills High School principal Wayne Frazier was suspended for 10 days without pay.  File
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Glenn Hills High School principal Wayne Frazier was suspended for 10 days without pay.

In his last day on the job Friday, Richmond County schools Superintendent Dana Bedden announced the decision, noting that he met with Frazier the day before to detail the punishment and discuss two other recent incidents: one involving Frazier's May 20 arrest on a driving under the influence charge, the other dealing with the school's yearbook depicting some students as criminals.

The missing money case involved a bookkeeper being accused of taking $14,417 in student activities money. The worker, Bridgette Thompkins, was allowed by the school system to pay restitution and resign rather than be prosecuted.

A letter of reprimand given to Frazier detailed 14 accounts that had money missing, including $4,690 from locker rental fees, $1,289 from a library account and $1,006 from a Haitian Children's Fund that benefits victims of this year's earthquake in Haiti.

The letter states that Thompkins denied any intentional wrongdoing, "but she could not explain the missing funds." The letter also states that Frazier wasn't aware of what led to the missing funds, but "your failure to properly supervise and monitor Ms. Thompkins' activities as bookkeeper and failure to adhere to the accounting guidelines of the Richmond County school system allowed these activities to take place and go undetected by you."

Frazier was told to take several actions to prevent such cases in the future, including holding a training workshop for Glenn Hills staff on proper accounting procedures, meeting with a new bookkeeper at least monthly to discuss financial records, and revising procedures for collecting locker fees.

Frazier was cited as failing to carry out such duties as requiring receipts for all funds collected at the same time they were presented. He was also chided for not taking deposits personally to the bank daily or appointing someone other than the bookkeeper to do so.

For his arrest, Frazier was given only a letter of advisement because the case is pending in court. That letter from Bedden advised Frazier that though he is presumed innocent until found guilty, "it is the expectation of the Richmond County school board that such event should have been reported by you to your supervisor, the executive director for high schools, or to my office."

The letter states that Frazier is to immediately alert administrators if any other serious incidents occur in the future, and to keep the system updated on the outcome of his court case.

The yearbook controversy occurred two weeks after Frazier's arrest. The publication drew criticism because it satirically depicted students as criminals in a section called the "Jail Report."

Frazier was given a written reprimand in that case.

The reprimand states that though a committee of parents and teachers assisted with the yearbook and Frazier learned of the problem only after its publication, "it is your responsibility as principal to act as 'editor' of any school-sponsored publication to assist in ensuring the content is appropriate for a school-sponsored student publication."

The missing money

An investigation into $14,400 in missing student activities funds at Glenn Hills High School determined the school's former bookkeeper, Bridgette Thompkins, was to blame. She resigned and repaid the money.

Here is a list of accounts that were found to be missing money:

Locker rental fees $4,690

Vocational account $1,537.44

TSA-Technology Club $1,337

Library account $1,289

Student Council $1,076

Haitian Children's Fund $1,006.62

RVI Club $792.06

FBLA $550

ROTC $550

Girls soccer team $543

Varsity football $440

VOCA Club $389.50

Senior class $165

SADD Club, Japanese Club and chorus $52

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missaugusta07
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missaugusta07 06/18/10 - 12:52 pm
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Oh give me a break,two wrongs

Oh give me a break,two wrongs don't make a right Bedden you should always punish the good with the bad!When are you hitching your get along to Texas,because let's just it's time HEAD OUT PARTNA!

Citizen of Hephzibah
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Citizen of Hephzibah 06/18/10 - 12:56 pm
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It should not cost the Board

It should not cost the Board anything for Ms. Thompkins to be prosecuted in a court of law. That is what our court system does. Someone is being misleading for saying it would cost the Board too much to allow her to be prosecuted, that is what the Sherriffs Dept. is for.
She is a thief and the Board is an enabler. Too bad it is not your personal money I feel there would be a much different attitude taken.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 06/18/10 - 01:05 pm
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Citizen, you're wasting your

Citizen, you're wasting your breath. Nothing will happen to her,as she must be holding something over someone in power's head. If it was one of us, we would have gotten 30 days in the Electric Chair.

Anna2008
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Anna2008 06/18/10 - 01:24 pm
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You all are wasting your

You all are wasting your time. I agree with crackerjack, she must be holding something...as it usually is. The principal of G.Hills should be held accountable. He does not need to work for the board any more...What are we teaching our kids?? You can do whatever and you will be excused? That is why we have so many problems with our youth nowdays...

Tots
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Tots 06/18/10 - 01:25 pm
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Why did the RCBOE police

Why did the RCBOE police officer drive Frazier to the High School in his PJ's?Who was the lady who then drove up,left with an envelope?

CarlA
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CarlA 06/18/10 - 01:36 pm
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All I heard in the past was

All I heard in the past was that Wayne Frazier was the going to be the savior of the Richmond Co. schools. Whatever! Where are all of his supporters now? The silence is deafening!

Kapa18
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Kapa18 06/18/10 - 01:48 pm
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I agree with this decision.

I agree with this decision. Dr. Bedden showed professionalism and leadership in this matter. This type of leadership is hard to come-by, we have lost a great leader in him.

CarlA
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CarlA 06/18/10 - 01:56 pm
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I whole heartedly agree that

I whole heartedly agree that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Therefore, if Frazier is convicted of a DUI then he should be terminated immediately.

P.S. What was his logic behind letting the yearbook be published that way? Did he think it was cute?

55 F-100
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55 F-100 06/18/10 - 02:03 pm
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Did you folks not read the

Did you folks not read the part "was allowed to pay restitution and resign rather than be prosecuted"???? The school system got the money back! If criminally prosecuted, Thompkins would have received probation and/or a fine...........and the school system would have still been out $14,400. Getting the money back is FAR more important than Thompkins being prosecuted.

CarlA
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CarlA 06/18/10 - 02:09 pm
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55 F-100, Yes I read the

55 F-100, Yes I read the article. First of all, her family forked over $8,000 (a majority of the amount owed) and would have probably done so even if she was convicted. Secondly, now that she was allowed to resign there is NO CRIMINAL RECORD and the next employer may be the next victim.

Thirdly, this is about the principle of the matter and setting a precedence that will stand as a deterent to future thefts!

CarlA
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CarlA 06/18/10 - 02:14 pm
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55 F 100, Additionally,

55 F 100, Additionally, there is a good chance that her "transfer" job was just made up and was not a legitimately open position. This means that we created extra expense to get back money. Simple math: 1 (money from thief) - 1 (salary from transfer job) = 0. Not to mention that we probably had to hire someone to fill the old bookkeeping job at the HS, so in the end the taxpayers lose by this idiotic decision.

alycias
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alycias 06/18/10 - 02:22 pm
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To 55F-100: I think the thief

To 55F-100: I think the thief could have been prosecuted AND made to pay back the $$ she took! Isn't that usually the way it works? Thats what the judge would have done I think. She most certainly would have been fired if she had not resigned. And I guess it looks better on someone's record if they "resign" rather than be fired. I hope whoever she is that she will never be able to get another job and I hope her reputation is ruined cause of this! Maybe that will teach her a bigger lesson! God will punish her much worse than any man could punish her anyway, so let God do His thing with her too. Of course stealing is stealing, but when you take from children and places like schools and non-profit places, thats (to me) worse than stealing from someone who has lots of money. I don't care what she needed the $$ for, there is NO excuse for what she did!

stillamazed
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stillamazed 06/18/10 - 02:27 pm
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Apparently people don't lose

Apparently people don't lose jobs for DUI's, I saw the patient representative of EAMC in the jail report for DUI and I have been told it isn't her first time, she represents that hospital and makes all the arrangements for dignitary's who need care out there....as far as Ms. Thompkins she should have been prosecuted but like everything else in the area it is all political and all about people trying to save face.

cadam12
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cadam12 06/18/10 - 02:29 pm
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IS IT ME OR WHAT. IT SEEMS

IS IT ME OR WHAT. IT SEEMS LIKE IF A WOMAN STEAL SOME MONEY FROM ANY PLACE OF BUSINESS THEY PAY THE MONEY BACK AND GET NO JAIL TIME. BUT IF A MAN WOULD DO THE SAME TYPE OF EMBEZIMENT HE WOULD REPAY THE STOLEN MONEY AND HAVE A PRISON TIME AND HAVE HIS PICTURE POSTED EVERYWHERE AND HIS ADDRESS PRINTED SO EVERYONE KNOW WHERE HE STAYS.

montega12
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montega12 06/18/10 - 02:34 pm
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this just gets funnier and

this just gets funnier and funnier the principal gets punished for a woman stealing thousands and she walks away free as a bird hahahahahahahahaha like i said a drunk for a principle a thief for a bookkeeper and the students in a yearbook that is modeled after the jail report CLASSY PLACE

cleanup
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cleanup 06/18/10 - 02:36 pm
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Bedden, just leave town

Bedden, just leave town before you do any more damage to the school system and its children. Like, NOW!

CarlA
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CarlA 06/18/10 - 02:41 pm
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Montega, It is very ironic

Montega, It is very ironic isn't it? As I mentioned before in another post, in most cases of embezzlement the individuals in charge of the bookkeeper's supervision (Frazier) either A) knew it was going on and didn't care or had a hand in it ... or B) was just too incompenent to realize what was going on. Bedden suspended Frazier for being asleep at the wheel on the theft and the yearbook debacle. Hmmm, or should I say intoxicated at the wheel???

montega12
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montega12 06/18/10 - 02:50 pm
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haha i just think she wasnt

haha i just think she wasnt the only one stealing and they are sweeping it under the rug because you know the minute they slap those handcuffs on she will sing like a bird! but i am truly astonished that noone really reads before commenting they say but in jail she couldnt pay it back the money has been paid back she goes to jail doesnt matter but thats our world throw a man in jail for 5 years for ten dollarsa worth of weed let a woman go that stole 14000 dollars........JUST PLAIN STUPIDITY

CarlA
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CarlA 06/18/10 - 02:56 pm
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I don't think she would have

I don't think she would have gotten jail time. She had no prior criminal record so therefore would probably be given probation. Even if she was put in jail. The judge could have still ordered restitution. Her family paid back a majority of the money, so I think the school would have at least still gotten most of the money back.

The decision has been made not to prosecute and so be it. What really irked me on this issue was Dr. Bedden's excuse that "it would have been too costly in legal fees to pursue". That is a bunch of nonsense. Somebody needed to educate Bedden on the difference between civil and criminal law.

jessievinntura
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jessievinntura 06/18/10 - 03:06 pm
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He should be fired and the

He should be fired and the lady should be prosecuted! What kind of example is Bedden setting for the kids of Richmond County?

jessievinntura
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jessievinntura 06/18/10 - 03:07 pm
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So, if I rob a bank, get

So, if I rob a bank, get caught, but agree to give the money back--can I get a free pass?

CarlA
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CarlA 06/18/10 - 03:11 pm
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Let's sum this all up! In a

Let's sum this all up! In a nutshell, if you work for the Richmond Co. Schools and you steal money or get arrested for DUI, not to worry, YOU WILL NOT BE FIRED FROM YOUR JOB!

dani
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dani 06/18/10 - 03:13 pm
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montega, could be that you

montega, could be that you are right. Someone doesn't want the sheriff digging too deep?

tanbaby
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tanbaby 06/18/10 - 03:24 pm
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sounds like there were a
Unpublished

sounds like there were a whole lot of different hands in the proverbial "cookie jar"...

OIC
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OIC 06/18/10 - 03:32 pm
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The victim(s) in this case

The victim(s) in this case would be the taxpayers of richmond county not Bedden or the school system. The District Attorneys Office in my opinion can use any and all of the BOE's investigation to gain an indictment and bring this matter before a Judge and Jury. The BOE Police have a responsibility to arrest thieves and not make side deals or recommedations. Perhaps an investigation into corruption should arise and maybe the BOE Police should not investigate when there is a conflict of interest - ie: letting a civilian (Bedden) that hired the Police Officer/Lieutenant dictate actions involving law enforcement actions.

OIC
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OIC 06/18/10 - 03:44 pm
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I think Frazier's punishment

I think Frazier's punishment should go before the elected BOE officials after Bedden has departed. This appears to be a pardon of sorts by an outgoing executive to save a job for a friend and close allie. It's summer time and I suggest suspension without pay until this whole matter is resolved. I say this because some of the citizens may not know that most teachers, principals and some BOE police take the summer off while still receiving a paycheck. They receive smaller paychecks throughout the school year so that this can happen. Another suggestions is to have all of the BOE police work throughout the summer because they are still getting the same paycheck either way. They can take a two-three week vacation during this time like the rest of us working people. This may save a school from being burglarized or an ROTC building from being burned to the ground.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 06/18/10 - 03:52 pm
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If it was 'costly' to

If it was 'costly' to prosecute, then how costly was it to hire temps to audit all the other schools because of this incident?

jessievinntura
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jessievinntura 06/18/10 - 03:52 pm
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I agree OIC, where does

I agree OIC, where does Bedden get of with his statement, "the school system is the victim"? The darn taxpayer is the freaking victim!!!! This woman should be prosecuted and Frazier fired, if for no other reason than letting the yearbook be printed!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/18/10 - 03:56 pm
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Patty-P, good point, they

Patty-P, good point, they have already hired the accountants to audit all the accounts. In addition, it's not like the school system has to go out and pay legal costs. That's the DA's job. Hey, no one likes to see someone mess up, but ignoring crimes is immoral. Cut her a deal, yes, but she needs a month in jail and PROBATION.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/18/10 - 03:57 pm
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Mark my words, LT. Roundtree,

Mark my words, LT. Roundtree, aka Greatfulmother, is in this thing up to his badge.

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