District’s law firm will handle the investigation
April 01, 2011 4:54 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • The Hesperia Unified school board has begun an investigation into allegations made against Superintendent Mark McKinney.

At Monday night’s school board meeting, district police chief Mike Graham alleged that McKinney had conspired to prevent the police from investigating financial mismanagement of ASB student government funds at Sultana High School.

Thursday night, the board held a special closed-door meeting to discuss how to handle the allegations. After more than three hours of debate, the board voted 3-2 (board members Hardy Black and Anthony Riley dissenting) to have the district’s legal counsel, the Los Angeles office of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, investigate.

“We are committed to fully investigating this matter,” board president Chris Bentley said Friday. “We are resolved to follow this, based on the facts and the law, wherever this takes us. We will deal with it appropriately, based on the facts and the law.”

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services David McLaughlin will oversee the investigation. Earlier in the week, McKinney directed McLaughlin to begin investigating the charges and Thursday’s vote effectively just ratifies that decision.

“The board has the responsibility to protect the district, and I wholly support an investigation into this matter,” McKinney said in a written statement released Friday afternoon.

“All elements of the allegation” will be investigated, vowed Bentley.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at

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