Details released in Shomper resignation

By Cecilia Fox - [email protected]


TIPP CITY — According to the separation agreement with the schools, former Tippecanoe Athletic Director Matt Shomper will be allowed to use sick days until his resignation becomes effective May 31.

Details of the separation agreement, approved April 11 by the board, were disclosed after it was signed earlier this week.

Shomper will be allowed to use sick leave from April 11 until May 31, but will be required to provide a doctor’s certification of the medical necessity for the leave. He also will be permitted to attend his son’s school activities as long as there is no disruption to those activities.

Shomper is under investigation for alleged irregularities found by state auditors in the school’s athletic accounts. He was placed on paid administrative leave on Feb. 12, following the execution of search warrants on his school office, home and vehicle. No charges have been filed in the investigation.

The irregularities included allegations of earning $55,000 in mileage reimbursements, hiring family members, and using a company Shomper owns to coordinate a trip for students to New York City, according to an affidavit used to secure search warrants.

The agreement also stated that the superintendent would provide Shomper with a letter “identifying the position he held, the dates of employment and the fact that he resigned from employment.”

By signing, Shomper agreed not to “disparage” the board or other employees. The school board also agreed not to make any statements to a third party that “could reasonably be foreseen to cause harm to the reputation of the employee.”

Those agreements would not apply if either party was subpoenaed to testify under oath.

According to the agreement, Shomper’s final paycheck will be issued on June 10 for $3,403.02 and the board will continue to pay “the employer’s share of premiums to continue employee’s current health and dental insurance plans through May 31, 2016.”

At a meeting held April 11, Superintendent Gretta Kumpf recommended the board accept the agreement and resignation in order to “avoid the time, cost and uncertainty of pursuing other measures.”

The agreement was signed by board president Carla Frame and treasurer David Stevens on April 19.

The board declined further comment in a written statement, stating on April 11 that it is their practice “to not publicly comment about matters affecting specific personnel.”

The board said that the district will be working towards finding a candidate to permanently fill the high school athletic director position for the 2016-17 school year. James Smerz of Centerville has been hired as interim athletic director.


By Cecilia Fox

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Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected] or at (937) 552-2205.

Reach Cecilia Fox at [email protected] or at (937) 552-2205.

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