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Former superintendent investigated for crimes

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A former Mid-Michigan superintendent is being investigated for a number of crimes.

Nathan Bootz, former superintendent of Ithaca schools, resigned under suspicious circumstances.

“Disappointing from the standpoint it takes valuable resources and time away from our mission, which is to educate kids,” said Corinne Netzley, interim superintendent for Ithaca schools.

Netzley took over after Bootz resigned from the position in November. He’s the center of a district investigation, which said Bootz attempted to cover up spending on a new turf for the football field.

The turf never came to fruition. However, Netzley believes Bootz and the football program were never working together to conceal anything.

“Based on my knowledge there’s absolutely no connection between the two,” she said.

At this point, Bootz has not been charged for any crime and the investigation is still ongoing.

Netzley said she’s not in the running for the next superintendent.

“I’ve retired and this is strictly on an interim basis,” she said.

Whoever takes over at the end of the year will certainly face a lot of challenges.

The district owes the state a million dollars, thanks to reporting an inaccurate student count. They have five years to pay it back.

“Is it a hiccup? Is it a bump in the road? Of course it is, but it certainly is one that we’re going to overcome and we’ll make it through it,” Netzley said.

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