Money demanded from former Fox superintendent

ARNOLD - The Fox C-6 School District has hired a new superintendent, but the district is still demanding money from the previous superintendent, who is accused of splurging on personal items and charging the district for it.

Dr. Dianne Critchlow retired this summer following a cyber-bullying scandal, but she says her retirement had nothing to do with those accusations. Now the district wants her to pay it back thousands of dollars.

"An effort by the current administration to disparage her; to embarrass her," says Chet Pleban, Critchlow's attorney.

Letter after letter from the Fox C-6 School District asking former Superintendent Dr. Dianne Critchlow to pay them for expenses the district calls "improper charges." Pleban says these letters are the first they are hearing about the district's concerns.

"If they had some concerns about her spending, that they would have raised those before they entered into a settlement agreement and paid her a whole bunch of money," he said.

Critchlow was paid around a quarter of a million dollars in the settlement with the district.

School officials say Critchlow owes them $400 for eyeglasses, around $600 for a taco/nacho bar and $12 for a trip to McDonald's. The district says Critchlow also spent $385 on fuel, $104 on a red light camera ticket, and $420 on a golf tournament.

District officials did not want to go on camera, but would say they are doing an investigation separate of a state audit. A school official says they approved credit card bills, but did not approve the expenses before the card was used.

Pleban says they don't plan on paying these expenses back, unless the state audit proves necessary.

The new superintendent, Jim Wipke, is a current administrator at Rockwood and will take over in the summer of 2015.


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