Former Skyview cheer coach won't be charged

2010-06-25T00:00:00Z Former Skyview cheer coach won't be chargedROB ROGERS Of The Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
June 25, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Charges won’t be filed against a past Skyview High cheerleading coach accused two years ago of misusing the squad’s fundraising money.

“The investigation is complete,” Deputy County Attorney David Carter said. “We determined that charges shouldn’t be filed.”

Shelley Boysun resigned in October 2008, just after beginning her second year as coach of the Skyview cheer and stunt team. A group of parents with students on the squad had accused her of mishandling up to $13,000.

Reached by phone Thursday, Boysun said she did not want to comment.

Carter said the decision not to pursue charges came down to two issues.

“There just wasn’t enough evidence,” he said.

Boysun had written checks to herself and used the money on personal purchases, but there was little record-keeping showing what had been spent for the cheerleading squad and what had been spent on herself, Carter said.

Boysun was able to explain how she spent the money, Carter said, “and there was nothing to contradict that.”

“There’s no question she used the money for personal purposes,” he said. However, it was also clear that she was paying back the account.

The problem, he said, was that “there was no real record-keeping by others.”

Also, the account that had been set up for the squad’s fundraising dollars appeared to be a type of joint account on which Boysun had her name, he said. Legally, she was free to withdraw money from the account.

The account was not a Billings School District 2 account, and in the aftermath of the Boysun investigation, SD2 changed its policies regarding how extracurricular activity groups run their bookkeeping.

Carter advised any group that fundraises to exercise caution and common sense.

“If you’re going to turn over custody of your money, don’t use a joint account, ever,” he said.

He also advises people to make sure there’s oversight.

“There has to be someone to review the expenses on a periodical basis,” he said.

The accusations made against Boysun and the subsequent investigation into her spending has resulted in a bitter feud between the parents who made the initial complaints and the parents who supported Boysun as coach.

Most recently, Boysun supporters were successful in placing a restraining order against Mike Sullivan, principal of Lockwood Middle School and one of the initial parents to raise concerns about Boysun’s spending practices.

 

Contact Rob Rogers at rrogers@billingsgazette.com or 657-1231.

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