The following letter was sent to Harford Schools Superintendent Robert M. Tomback and the members of the Harford County Board of Education by Rob Keesling, President of the Patterson Mill Athletic Boosters. A copy was provided to The Dagger for publication:
Dear Dr. Tomback:
My name is Rob Keesling. I am the President of the Patterson Mill Athletic Boosters (PMAB). I am writing you today, strictly as a concerned parent, to share with you my concerns over recent events at Patterson Mill that potentially have financial impact on the PMAB.
As I am sure you are aware, the Athletic Departments at Harford Counties public High Schools rely on gate receipts from athletic events as a primary source of funding. It is my understanding that all of those funds go into a pool and are then redistributed to the respective schools, based on their percentage of contribution.
As has been reported in the local media, over $10,000 “disappeared” from the safe at Patterson Mill. According to those news accounts, at least some portion of that was money collected from athletic event attendance. Obviously, this could potentially have impact not only on the athletic department budget at Patterson Mill, but that of the other schools in the county. Should that be the case, there could possibly be an increase in funding requests to the PMAB and other such organizations that support the athletic programs at other schools.
As a concerned Patterson Mill parent, I have several questions for you. Where is the money? Why have those responsible for the oversight of it not been held accountable? Were there established protocols that were not followed?
The Harford County Sheriff’s office continues to say “it is an ongoing investigation”. What is Harford County Public Schools’ response?!