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Funds go missing at Whitwell High School

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Story by Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter

WHITWELL, MARION COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- Bookkeeping records at Whitwell High School aren't adding up and that has school leadership up in arms.

The principal doesn't know why thousands of dollars are missing from the school, but he intends to find out.

Right now there's no way to know.

The school system says it can be anything from faulty computer equipment, to poor record keeping.

Now they are calling in the state to investigate.

Whitwell High School Principal Joshua Holtcamp has had his hands full during his first year.

His latest challenge is trying to find how thousands of dollars are missing from the athletic department.

"I'm trying to get to the bottom of it. It would be easy to sweep this under the rug, but I felt it was my duty to bring it out and notify those that had to be notified. After all, it is taxpayer money," says Principal Holtcamp.

Most of the money goes to the football team, but every sport at the school is included in the budget.

The school system found out about the missing funds after a September audit. That's when the state comptroller was asked to look at the books.

Since then, the school's bookkeeper has resigned.

Director Mark Griffith says he's not sure if the problem was bad bookkeeping, or computer glitches.

"We have had issues with the equipment and computer failures. The tech folks have been working to improve that," says Griffith.

right now, Holtcamp is using the school reserve fund to pay for the athletic needs.

He says it's the best option until the state can find out what went wrong.

If there is any indication as to how serious this issue has become, the parking spot reserved for the bookkeeper is vacant.

The school principal says he has been checking the records and it's no easy task.

"I would like to have answers, because, I'm tired of bookkeeping," says Principal Holtcamp.

The computers have been replaced since the audit and the state will determine if the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation needs to investigate.

At this time, there are no allegations of any wrong-doing.

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