Manhattan High School Placed on MHSA Probation, Fined $200

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN — The Montana High School Association has placed Manhattan High School on probation for a year and fined it $200 after an investigation found the football coach spent fundraising money without district approval.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the MHSA executive board made its decision Monday.

MHSA Executive Director Mark Beckman says the school must educate the coaches about the MHSA’s amateur rules and require them to attend workshops, including one addressing gender equity.

A Montana School Board Association investigation found coach Dale McQueary withheld nearly $8,400 from a school activities account over three years, using it to buy equipment and meals for players without district approval and without equal spending for female athletes. He was suspended for five games. A judge reinstated McQueary for the final game.

McQueary sued the district on Nov. 22, saying he was slandered when the investigation was released before he had a chance to respond.

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