Dr. Corey Gardenhour, Director of Elizbethton City Schools, and Eddie Pless, Former Athletic Director, responded to the state audit release on missing funds.
The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury completed its investigation this morning.
Auditors said a bookkeeper used the school’s mail meter for personal use and kept a petty cash fund.
The auditors also claimed that the Elizabethton High School Athletic Department had deficiencies with cash collections and disbursements from concessions and ticket sales.
Eddie Pless said he was unaware that using petty cash to cover expenses in his job as Director of Athletics was not allowed.
“It was just procedural,” he said. “Its just trying to make the athletic department function. There’s just a lot of different things that have to take place in order to make events function.”
Pless is moving forward and plans to run for the Elizabethton City School Board. Pless is not concerned that the audit will influence his campaign.
“Like I said they are not attached,” said Pless. “I hope the school board continues to move forward, whether I am a part of it or not. I want whats best for our community.”
Moving forward, Dr. Gardenhour says that all Elizbethton City School Employees have received and will continue to receive extensive accounting procedural training.