Shakopee Superintendent to Resign

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Rod Thompson

June 14, 2017 06:57 PM

The Shakopee school board will meet Monday to discuss accepting the resignation of Superintendent Rod Thompson, according to a release from the district.

The district said no information regarding Thompson's resignation will be released at this time.

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Thompson is under scrutiny after Shakopee police have been investigating him for his use of the district's credit card.

A search warrant was executed on Superintendent Rod Thompson's home on Thursday, according to court records. During the search of the home, police took an Apple laptop, an Amazon Kindle and a 42-inch LG TV, according to a search warrant.

Court records show a search warrant was executed on Superintendent Rod Thompson's home on Thursday. During the search of the home, police took an Apple laptop, an Amazon Kindle and a 42-inch LG TV, according to a search warrant.

Police began investigating Thompson after a resident informed police they believed he was using the district's credit card for personal purchases. Police said the resident became concerned after the school reported a $4.5 million deficit.

The search warrant said police reviewed district documents that showed Thompson had purchased airline tickets to Nashville, a 42 inch TV and an Apple MacBook Air. Police also reviewed documents that showed a total of 53 purchases were made on Amazon, Amazon Marketplace and Paypal with the district's credit card. Purchases were also made on ticketing and sports apparel websites, according to the search warrant

During a meeting with investigators, the district confirmed Thompson had purchased airline tickets with the district's credit card, but said it was an accident.

Thompson also told police he used the district's credit card to purchase airline tickets to Nashville for a trip that was both personal and professional. Thompson said the trip eventually turned out to be for pleasure and that he and his wife attended a Vikings/Titans game while in Nashville. Thompson said he wrote two personal checks to reimburse the district afterward.

Thompson also said he had written a $3,500 check for "unintentional" purchases he had made with the district's card.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Shakopee district office.

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