FDCSD employee accused of mishandling of funds

About $18K in undeposited funds is found; worker resigns

A Fort Dodge Community School District employee has resigned after an internal review found that person mishandled funds, according information obtained from the FDCSD.

The person worked at Fort Dodge Senior High.

They were not identified Wednesday.

About $18,000 in undeposited funds belonging to various FDSH accounts was found in an employee’s workstation, the district reported.

A majority of the funds were uncashed checks written by individuals and businesses during the course of the past year, the district reported.

The issue was discovered sometime last week, according to Jennifer Lane, FDCSD director of communications and community relations.

At this point, there is no evidence of theft in the case, Lane said.

The employee was placed on administrative leave and has since resigned.

“We are glad our internal controls worked the way they were intended,” Superintendent Jesse Ulrich said in a written statement. “It is important for the public to know our process identified the failure, and we are confident this was isolated to one employee.”

Ulrich added, “Moving forward the district has a responsibility to try to recover the funds from the uncashed checks written more than six months ago which are now in question. The district may reach out as necessary to individuals who wrote checks that were not cashed. The district continues to work with administration to ensure money handling policies and procedures are followed at all buildings.”