MHSA Lifts Probation for Manhattan High School

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN — The Montana High School Association says Manhattan High School is complying with federal gender equity regulations and it has lifted its probation.

The school was placed on probation in December after an investigation found football coach Dale McQueary held back just over $22,000 in money raised by football players and used it to pay for meals and equipment, rather than depositing the money in a school account and receiving permission for the expenditures. That meant the school was spending more money on football players than it was on female athletes.

MHSA Executive Director Mark Beckman tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle the school district implemented a plan to avoid further fundraising issues and its probation was lifted in April.

However, Beckman says the football program would be placed back on probation if the school re-hires McQueary. He was suspended last season, but was allowed to apply for his old job.

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