Tipp AD resigns as investigation continues

By Cecilia Fox - cfox@civitasmedia.com

TIPP CITY — At a special meeting Monday night, the Tipp City school board voted unanimously to approve a separation agreement with high school Athletic Director Matt Shomper and accept his resignation.

The details of the separation agreement were not disclosed.

Superintendent Gretta Kumpf recommended the board accept the agreement and resignation in order to ““avoid the time, cost and uncertainty of pursuing other measures.”

Shomper was placed on paid administrative leave on Feb. 12, following the execution of search warrants on his school office, home, and vehicle.

Those searches were part of an investigation that began in September when Kumpf alerted police to irregularities found by state auditors in the athletic accounts.

The irregularities included allegations of earning $55,000 in mileage reimbursements, hiring family members, and using a company Shomper owns to coordinate a trip for students to New York City, according to an affidavit used to secure search warrants.

No charges have been filed against Shomper and the investigation — which also involved the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Ohio Ethics Commission and the State Auditor’s office — is ongoing.

Shomper signed the separation agreement Monday, but has seven days to revoke the agreement, an attorney for the school district, David Lampe, said.

The board declined further comment in a written statement, writing that it is their practice “to not publicly comment about matters affecting specific personnel.”

The board said that the district will be working towards finding a candidate to permanently fill the high school athletic director position for the 2016-17 school year.


By Cecilia Fox