Yates worker is dismissed following GJ indictment

ALLEN MINCEY Banner Staff Writer
Posted 12/11/15

A Cleveland City Schools employee who was placed on leave earlier this school year has been fired following her indictment by the Bradley County grand jury this month on a charge of …

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Yates worker is dismissed following GJ indictment

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A Cleveland City Schools employee who was placed on leave earlier this school year has been fired following her indictment by the Bradley County grand jury this month on a charge of theft.

Callie Callaway Meagher, 44, of a Centenary Avenue address, was indicted for theft over $1,000, according to Cleveland City Schools Director Dr. Martin Ringstaff and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office reports. She was placed on leave without pay on Sept. 8, and according to information released by Ringstaff this morning, has been terminated from her position at Yates Primary School.

Assistant Director of Schools Cathy Goodman said Meagher had been working at Yates for two years prior to this school year, and no issues had appeared involving her until the 2015-16 school year.

She was administrative assistant at the primary school, and was involved in receiving incoming monies — cash and checks — for the school, Goodman explained.

A regular audit of the school led to alleged irregularities being found which in turn led to further investigation by the CPA group working with the school system. The investigation reportedly indicated Meagher’s possible involvement in those irregularities.

Goodman said that “red flags” that came up in the audit led to her being placed on administrative leave without pay in September, and information in the case being turned over to the local District Attorney’s Office, which then presented the case to the grand jury.

She was indicted by the grand jury, was charged with theft over $1,000 by the Cleveland Police Department, and was eventually booked at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 3. She posted bond that same day, BCSO records indicated.

Goodman said a person with administrative assistant experience was placed in the office at Yates Primary, and that the school is moving forward without concerns at the present time.

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