Superintendent Fallout Continues In Skiatook

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Updated: 7/14/2010 10:40 am Published: 7/13/2010 1:09 pm

Skiatook, OK- The town of Skiatook is in the midst of the fallout from Dr. Gary Johnson's resignation as Skiatook Public Schools Superintendent.
A Grand Jury is investigating allegations he misused district funds.

The jury also said in its report that it had "no confidence in the ability of (interim Superintendent) Steve Williams to effectively serve as school superintendent or assistant superintendent."

Johnson's accused of embezzlement and receiving bribes- both felonies.

"I think it's bullcrap," said Tim Nugen, who isn't from Skiatook, but is still disturbed. "They make enough money where they don't have to steal from the children."

Although she's from Collinsville, Kay Gambling has watched the Skiatook drama unfold in the papers and has been astounded at the actions Johnson's accused of.

"I would say he's kind of greedy if he's getting any kind of kickback on the money," said Gambling. "And the kind of way he was getting it, janitorial supplies? I mean, please."

The indictments grew from a state audit released in February that revealed the school district overpaid by nearly half a million, through purchasing custodial supplies and security equipment through an Oklahoma City middleman, Rick Enos.

For things like trash cans, sanitizer and mop heads, the school often paid double, and in some cases triple and quadruple the open market price through E&E Sales.

The man at the center- Dr. Gary Johnson.

"It's real sad. His name is on a building over there," she said.

On Monday night, the board approved the resignation of school board president, Kenny Cooper. He announced his plans to resign earlier this month after the Grand Jury called for his removal from office. A disposition is set for July 22.

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