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Crowd demands answers from Parchment school board

PARCHMENT, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) After Newschannel 3 uncovered an embezzlement investigation within the school district, frustrations boiled over in Parchment Monday night, as parents demanded answers from the school board.

Monday saw a heated school board meeting. Some are saying theyre fed up with what seems to be a string of issues in the district.

Superintendent Matt Miller was in the hot seat Monday as one angry parent went so far as to say that it would be best for him to resign amidst all the scandal.

I used to be glad to be a graduate of Parchment, a resident of Parchment, Im not anymore, said a resident.

Several people spoke out in disgust Monday night after an embezzlement investigation by Kalamazoo Township Police turned up none of the missing money and no suspects.

It didnt seem like you cared at all when twenty thousand dollars went missing and we sat on it for eight months, said a resident. We are all disappointed with this and we dont know what to say or who to say it to.

The embezzlement investigation is just the latest controversy the Parchment school board has dealth with, including the drunk driving conviction of former athletic director John Thompson.

If I had been out drinking with one of my subordinates and got into trouble I would have been fired on the spot, said a resident, and how is it that you are still here?

On Monday, school board president Nancy Lenz read a letter to the public that said that the embezzlement investigation had nothing to do with assistant superintendent Julie Rohrer being placed on paid administrative leave and it is unrelated to school finances.

The districts attorney tells Newschannel 3 that is due to a personal issue.

Youre asking that we trust you with whatever knowledge that you have that we dont need, said a resident, and really trust is earned.

However a former school board member did speak in support of the board at the meeting.

I know you are hungry for details, said that former board member, but in many cases, please dont interrupt me, I didnt interrupt you. You want more information, you want more communication, their hands are tied in many cases.

Newschannel 3 asked the schools attorney if and when Rohrer would be coming back to work and did not receive an answer.

Superintendent Miller also declined to comment.