The Groveport Madison Board of Education voted unanimously Feb. 7 to turn over documents to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien's office to review accusations that board President Bryan Shoemaker used his elected position to benefit his business and himself.
Even Shoemaker voted in the affirmative.
O'Brien said Feb. 8 that the Ohio Ethics Commission would be a more appropriate place for the case, and it likely will be forwarded there.
The case began when someone going by the name of Ray Crump, saying he represents a group of Groveport taxpayers, twice requested documents from the district in January, asking for invoices for mowing and landscaping between 2010 and 2015 and for information related to the sale of metal shelving units more than a year ago. Once he received the information, Crump emailed Shoemaker on Jan. 31, charging that he "ordered/coerced/intimidated employees ... into doing work on facilities that benefited you."
Crump claimed Shoemaker "ordered GM (Groveport Madison) employees to do work while you were an officer in GMYA (Groveport Madison Youth Association), as well as ordering work done on fields while your men's league team was playing baseball."
Crump also accused Shoemaker of removing shelving from the district without permission, saying he did not pay for it until a records request was filed.
Crump gave Shoemaker a deadline of Feb. 9 to resign; if he didn't, Crump said he would go to district administrators, the Ohio Ethics Commission and the media.
Instead, Shoemaker forwarded the email to administrators and other board members, saying, "I have zero intention in resigning."
A call and email to Shoemaker from The Dispatch weren't returned. An email to Crump at each of the email addresses he used to communicate with the district and Shoemaker bounced back.