Statement on behalf of the Board of School Trustees of the Vigo County School Corporation:

Yesterday a jury convicted former Vigo County School Corporation employee Franklin Fennell. This conviction follows the guilty plea by former part-time employee Deputy Sheriff Frank Shahadey. Once the Board learned of these facts that have led to two convictions, the Board swiftly terminated their employment.

The Vigo County School Corporation applauds the hard working men and women of federal law enforcement who have worked hard to address the intentional misuse of funds that should be used for children’s education. The School Corporation is also proud of employees who notified law enforcement of Franklin Fennell and Frank Shahadey’s unlawful activities.

In convicting Fennell, the jury rejected his attempt to blame others, including Superintendent Dr. Tanoos. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI have confirmed that there is no evidence that Dr. Tanoos had knowledge of or was involved in Fennell and Shahadey’s scheme.

Although the Board is unaware of any continuing investigative activities, the School Corporation will continue cooperating with our important law enforcement partners whenever there is any suspicion of wrongdoing.

The School Corporation looks forward to moving past this difficult time and returning to focusing on what matters most — the education of children.