Suwannee teacher, ex-union president accused of stealing funds


Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 4:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 4:51 p.m.

A Suwannee County teacher who is treasurer for the United Teachers of Suwannee County has been suspended without pay after being arrested on a charge of stealing money from the teachers union.

The Suwannee County School Board voted unanimously in a special meeting Tuesday night to suspend Rhoshonda L. Herring, a fourth-grade teacher at Suwannee Intermediate School, effective immediately and continuing until an investigation into the charges is complete.

Herring, 39, was not at the meeting and could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

She and former UTSC president Sheryl Denese Daniels, 56, were arrested Aug. 2 on charges of grand theft, according to a report by the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office.

The report states that from January 2008 to May 2013, Herring wrote herself 109 checks totaling $38,638. The checks were not approved by the teachers union.

Herring also wrote unapproved checks for $5,764 made out to cash, and several more checks totaling $12,234 to Daniels, the former union president.

Both women signed the checks.

According to the report, Herring also falsified the treasurer's report to the teachers union.

The Suwannee County School District does not oversee the teachers union and is not involved with any of its financial decisions.

"They operate as an independent body," Suwannee County Schools Superintendent Jerry Scarborough said.

The school board will withhold a decision on Herring's employment with the district until the end of the investigation.

The school district will take no additional action against Daniels, who has since retired.

"She is no longer in our system," Scarborough said.

Contact Erin Jester at 338-3166 or erin.jester@gainesville.com.

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