Library director out at VHS

2010-08-25T15:15:00Z 2010-08-25T19:30:02Z Library director out at VHSBy Dan Carden, (317) 637-9078
August 25, 2010 3:15 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | The director of the Valparaiso High School library, who repaid more than $4,000 in missing overdue book fines in July, is no longer working at the high school.

Media Center Director Donna Walters offered her resignation to the school board last month and it was accepted, Valparaiso Community Schools Superintendent Andrew T. Melin said.

In a report issued Tuesday, state auditors found only 26 percent of overdue book fines, lost book charges and other revenue paid to the school library between 2007 and 2010 was deposited for the school. The rest of the money -- $4,137.22 -- was spent by Walters on books, candy, office supplies and decorations, auditors said.

The State Board of Accounts asked Walters to repay the missing money. She did so July 8.

Melin said school employees alerted the administration to the improper money handling in the VHS Media Center. The school district then asked the state's auditing agency to check the books.

"We really worked well as a team to discover a situation that was not being handled properly, and as a result of that, not only did we resolve that matter, but we'll also have a better understanding of how to make sure these kinds of things don't happen in the future," Melin said.

Classes at Valparaiso High School started Wednesday.

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