Assistant principal, wrestling coach will keep job despite accusations he misused funds

November 29, 2018 06:22 PM

The Hastings Police Department has launched a criminal investigation into the assistant principal and wrestling coach at Hastings High School. 

Josh McLay is accused of stealing money donated to the school district.

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But he will be allowed to keep his job, the school board has decided.


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The district superintendent told KSTP the district determined that McLay used district money to attend out of state college football games.

And he said he got away with it for nearly a decade.

Collins said McLay justified the expenses by claiming he was attending wrestling clinics, which turned out not to be true.

"Right now, the total is around $11,000 in total expenditures that were determined to be inappropriate at that time," Tim Collins said.

Collins said as head coach for the wrestling team, McLay received a P-Card, which is equivalent to a credit card. The P-Card is funded by donated money.

Collins said the card is only to be used for purchases related to the wrestling team.

Still, he said he is standing by McLay.

"Josh McLay is an outstanding guy," Collins said. "He's a great young man. He does a lot for our community."

The school board also voted unanimously for McLay to keep his job, though with stipulations. He will step down as the assistant principal and head wrestling coach at the end of this school year. 

He will be reassigned as a teacher at the start of the next school year.

"As you well know, there will be a demotion coming at the end of the year, and a period of time without pay, and a requirement to pay back here in the next couple months," board chairman Lisa Hedin said.

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Police said their investigation is just starting and it's unclear how long it will take. They will ultimately forward their findings to the Dakota County Attorney's Office. 

McLay declined to comment when reached by phone Thursday.


 

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