REIDSVILLE, N.C. — An investigation into unauthorized spending at Reidsville High School’s football program likely will continue into the new year even as more information is revealed.
Rockingham Schools Superintendent Rodney Shotwell said Monday that Reidsville officials spent more than $30,000 without following proper protocols.
“The invoices were originally around $33,000,” Shotwell said. “The money was spent on the kids for the football program.”
Shotwell has declined to name individuals who may have been involved, but Rockingham County Schools released a statement Thursday that said the district’s human resources department is investigating a budget deficit involving Reidsville High School’s athletic program after the school system learned “purchasing protocols” weren’t followed by individuals at the school and its service provider.
The News & Record learned last week the money is owed to Cook’s Sporting Goods in North Wilkesboro, which often sells athletic merchandise to the high school.
As news of the investigation emerged, a letter surfaced, dated Dec. 11, written on the letterhead of Reidsville Principal Ann Mitchell and signed by the high school’s head football coach, Jimmy Teague, and assistant head coach Doug Marrs, asking for $25,000 in donations to pay for accrued debts among other things. Mitchell has declined to comment.
Teague did not respond to a request for comment on Monday but he had said Wednesday that “people are making a mountain out a of a molehill.”
A former Guilford College player, he has a 242-54 record in two stints totaling 21 years as head football coach at Reidsville, including four state championships. He also served as the offensive coordinator at Greensboro College in 2009 and the head coach at George Washington High in Danville, Va., in 2010 and 2011 before returning to Reidsville.
Shotwell said he had hoped to finish his investigation Monday, but he had been delayed.
“I’m still waiting to get some invoices to look at, and I need to talk to one other person,” Shotwell said. “That probably won’t happen until we get back January 4.”
Information has been limited throughout the investigation, with many officials citing it as a personnel matter.
Several members of the Rockingham County Board of Education have said that, although they know an investigation is taking place and that it involves Reidsville High School’s football program, they haven’t been told more than that.