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Whitmer H.S. to pay OHSAA $50,000 for investigation

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Whitmer High School will fork over $50,000 to the Ohio High School Athletic Association to cover about half of the cost of a 17 month investigation into the eligibility of transfer student athletes.

Washington Local Schools Superintendent Patrick Hickey said, "I feel as the leader of this district and with our taxpayers who have passed four straight new money levies, that we had an obligation to end this now rather than incur more costs."

The OHSAA also determined former Whitmer football and basketball player Leroy Alexander was ineligible to participate in athletics during the 2011-2012 school year.  As a result, those wins will be vacated.

In addition, the investigation found Washington Local School District was not doing its "due diligence" with residency checks of transfer students and some Whitmer coachers were also found to be working without a required supervisory activity permit.

"We have committed additional resources and personnel to ensure our strict compliance with residency checks for transfer students and pupil activity permit compliance," said Hickey.

13abc Sports Director Dave Holmes will have much more on this story today on Action News at 5:00 p.m.

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