Police arrest former USD 457 transportation director

10/26/2013

By ANGIE HAFLICH

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

A former transportation director for USD 457 was arrested Thursday on allegations stemming from the alleged unauthorized use of a school district financial card to purchase personal fuel.

Michelle Lynn Irsik, 38, 2204 Heritage Ave., was arrested at 5:26 a.m. Thursday at the Law Enforcement Center, 304 N. Ninth St., on allegations of theft of property services, making false information and criminal use of a financial card, all of which are felony counts.

According to Sgt. Master Patrol Officer Troy Davis, Garden City police were notified Sept. 16 by USD 457 personnel that someone had been purchasing personal fuel with the school district's credit card.

Davis said police determined there were 17 alleged instances of criminal use of a financial credit card, totaling $948 in unauthorized purchases.

"The criminal use of a financial credit card is the unauthorized purchase of fuel with the district credit card for something other than school district use," Davis said.

He said the timeframe of the alleged purchases won't be available until the official police report is filed some time next week.

USD 457 Superintendent Rick Atha said Irsik resigned as transportation director on Sept. 6. She had been employed with the district since Aug. 25, 2000.

Atha would not comment on the allegations against Irsik.

"It's a personnel issue, and the district is fully cooperating with the police department in their investigation," Atha said.

USD 457 administration and the Board of Education appointed GCHS Associate Principal Phil Keidel as interim transportation director, effective Sept. 26. Janet Reed, media specialist at the high school's library and a former associate principal of the arts and communications academy, currently is taking on some of Keidel's former duties.

Irsik's bond has been set at $10,000, and Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue said her next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 14 in Finney County District Court, in front of Judge Ricklin Pierce.

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