Penns Valley Area school board fires longtime athletic director Don Hosterman

lfalce@centredaily.comFebruary 19, 2014 

— The Penns Valley Area school board fired its longtime athletic director Wednesday, rejecting the resignation of Donald Hosterman in the wake of charges he stole money from sporting events.

The motion was on the agenda to accept Hosterman’s resignation, effective Feb. 11. Board members pulled the motion from the slate, opting to terminate him instead.

According to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday, Hosterman, 68, is charged with misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. In his affidavit of probable cause, Trooper Jeffrey Ebeck said that Hosterman confessed to taking cash from the admission receipts at Penns Valley games. He was also caught on surveillance cameras pocketing money, police said. Documents detail $390.75 in cash taken from the district.

According to a statement put out by the district, they were made aware of a discrepancy in the athletic fund deposits in mid-January.

“At that time, additional protocols were put in place to confirm or refute the discrepancy. The result of the investigation confirmed the discrepancy and provided clear evidence that public funds were being consistently stolen,” according to the district.

The district then turned over their information to state police at Rockview, leading to the charges.

“The district will seek full restitution for the loss of public funds,” the district’s statement said.

Penns Valley is not the only organization with which Hosterman has longstanding ties. Centre County Grange Fair General Manager Darlene Confer confirmed Wednesday that he is still a committee member, and she does not know if that will change. Hosterman was once treasurer, but has not held that office for three years, she said.

Confer could not comment on Hosterman’s charges, saying her only responsibility was to her organization’s stability.

“We do have a lot of checks and balances, a lot of financial integrity,” she said.

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