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Skimming allegations lead to FFA changes at Yukon Public Schools

The Yukon School Board adopted policy changes Monday aimed at curbing “skimming” — the practice of overcharging for livestock — within the district's vocational agriculture program.
by Andrew Knittle Published: July 31, 2012
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Denton said during the meeting that he is committed to changing the agriculture program at Yukon, as well as booster clubs associated with it.

“We've had a very bad thing happen in the program,” he said. “But it's not a bad program.”

The district's top administrator went on to say that he's encouraged by the progress being made in the program's booster club, which was prominently highlighted in the attorney's investigative report.

An investigative report released to Yukon school officials nearly a year ago found that the booster club had numerous weaknesses, including unexplained deposits and withdrawals into and out of its bank account and very few receipts on hand to document purchases or other expenditures.

“I feel like they're headed in the right direction, as well,” Denton said. “They may continue to adjust some things ... but I really feel comfortable with their present leadership, feel like they're there for the right reasons.”

Nobody has been charged in connection with the alleged skimming, although the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been investigating the claims for roughly a year.

Not an issue statewide

Jack Staats, the state FFA adviser, said the issue of skimming isn't a statewide problem.

And while he commended the Yukon School Board for the making the policy changes, he doesn't think every FFA program in Oklahoma needs to run out and do the same.

“This, to me, is the first time we've had this come up,” said Staats, who was an agriculture instructor for more than 30 years before serving in his current capacity.

“This a local decision. I think it could possibly be a good thing ... to add more accountability ... but every local situation is very different.”

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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