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Former Barrington High School Fine Arts Chairperson Arrested on Theft Charges

Police say Julie Salk stole more than $5,000 in ticket and raffle revenue from a high school play.

Former Barrington High School Fine Arts Department Chairwoman Julie Salk was arrested on theft charges Tuesday.

Barrington Police charged Salk with one count of theft over $500. Police say she stole $5,022 in theater and raffle ticket revenue from a "Hello Dolly!" production in March 2012. In the 2010-2011 school year, the Illinois State Board of Education reported Salk's salary as $142,024.27.

Her first court date is Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Babcox Justice Center in Waukegan.

Salk retired from District 220 in June after being placed on administrative leave. She was the subject of internal review with the district for two months prior to her retirement.

Police and school officials remained mum on the subject until her arrest Nov. 13. District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard issued a letter to parents late Tuesday evening. 

“The gravity of these charges reflects the seriousness of the alleged activity. The time this investigation required was a result of our thoroughness and legal obligation to confidentiality,” the letter read.

Leonard states that high school staff, police officials and the Fine Arts Booster Club all assisted in the investigation that has been ongoing for seven months.

“Although the school district has been the recipient of positive annual financial audits, circumstances such as these are a reminder that policies and procedures involving the transaction of school district funds can never be secure enough. As a result, new protocols for handling money within our schools have been implemented and tested since last summer,” Leonard’s letter read. 

cynthia November 16, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I am deeply disturbed by the number of crimes being done by current and former teachers. As a tax payer I have had enough with the pay scales and strikes and holding the parents and children hostage for pay increases. This teacher will most likely get her 80% of her base pay retirement funds for life that we the tax payer paid for. I say enough already and we have to break the unions and recraft the education in this country. And all so our kids can be 17th to 35th in the world as far as education standards.
Lucy P. November 16, 2012 at 02:20 AM
This is really a shame. As a former student to Barrington High School, which prides itself on integrity amoung other things, it is disheartening to hear of this. The sadest part is none of us saw it coming! Julie was one of the sweetest people and always made sure you were understanding and had everything you needed. My brother and I who were both Fine Arts students are bothered by this. And I am glad to hear that they are re-evaluating how they handle money over there. Shame is the only word that describes this.
Steve Fornek November 17, 2012 at 05:26 PM
This is a serious accusation and without further details, I would like to know what were the findings of the court before passing judgment. If guilty, throw the book at her; if not, apologies should be made by all.
Angela November 18, 2012 at 08:22 PM
This is so sad. Julie Salk makes a very generous salary and she still felt the need to take additional money that does not belong to her. How can we as parents trust when this continues to happen. She deserves time in jail and large fines for this. I hope justice is done. Shame on you Julie Salk. How can you live with yourself. You are so pathetic.
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