HIGHLAND, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A former high school football coach embattled by scandal in Utah County, may not be as guilty people may have thought. ABC 4 is told supervisors at Lone Peak High school approved the controversial money plan that got former coach Tony McGeary into so much trouble.
Former Lone Peak High School Football Coach Tony McGeary has been blamed for a financial scandal. But now his apparent wrong doing, may not be as wrong previously thought.
Last month a 42 page report accused McGeary of illegally pocketing $5,735 dollars from the team, by overcharging players for a football camp. But if you talk to Mike Gowans who represents the Alpine School District's Teacher's Union there's more to it than that. Gowans tells ABC 4 he spoke with McGeary about the money, and he said Lone Peak High School administrators approved McGeary's staff's plan to pay for the camp.
"They came up with the price, he submitted that to his administration for approval and to my knowledge, they were approved to go to the camps," said Mike Gowans, Teacher’s Union Representative for the Alpine School District.
So Thursday ABC 4 Reporter Brian Carlson asked the Alpine School District Spokesperson Rhonda Bromley - Did Lone Peak administrators realize they may have also been breaking the law?
"As a district would you not also be concerned about Dr. Koop who had to approve those financial transactions?” Reporter Brian Carlson asked.
“I guess you're making a lot of assumptions that decisions were made based on those things," said Rhonda Bromley, Alpine District Spokesperson.
Bromley said no one has ever confirmed McGeary lost his coaching job because of the scandal, or that the financial accusations are true, but she did explain there is a possibility the state's financial policies were not properly passed down to Coach McGeary.
"There is an understanding that employees of the district would understand and follow the policies. Do we have a responsibility to help with the training? And help them understand? Certainly we do," Bromley said.
It's important to note, the Alpine School District is now replacing Lone peak's Principal Dr. Chip Koop. ABC 4 is told Dr. Koop is now taking a position within the district, and Rhonda Bromley, will be Lone Peak's new principal next year.
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