Student Council advisor charged with theft
Advisor says money stolen from vehicle
SPRINGFIELD >> Deborah A. Buckley, a faculty adviser to the Student Council at Springfield Township High School, was arrested May 17 on theft and related charges for allegedly stealing funds from the student group.
Buckley, 50, of the 200 block of Sunnybrook Road, Flourtown, was charged with third-degree felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, theft by failing to make required disposition of funds, and misdemeanor charges of tampering with records and false reports, according to a criminal complaint.
In addition to serving as an adviser for Student Council, Buckley was an instructional aide and head cheerleading coach at the high school.
She has been suspended without pay “from all of her positions” in the district, Springfield Township School District Superintendent Nancy Hacker said in an email.
The charges stem from an investigation that began after the school district noticed in late March that Buckley had not made any deposits into the Student Council account all year, according to the affidavit. A total of $2,282 had been collected in proceeds from the Homecoming Dance, a dodgeball tournament and badminton tournament, but none had been deposited, it says.
Asked April 6 about the missing funds, Buckley told the assistant principal the money was stolen out of a binder in her vehicle overnight Feb. 11, the complaint says. Buckley’s husband had reported to police Feb. 12 that $2 in change was stolen from the vehicle, it says.
April 19, Buckley went to the police station to add to her husband’s initial report that a blue Under Armour bag containing the binder and $1,500 cash was stolen from the trunk of the vehi-
cle, the complaint says, but the bag, containing plastic containers, and a binder were recovered when police executed a search warrant at her home on May 4.
The complaint also references deposits of $950 and $1,125 into Buckley’s personal bank account in late October and early November that police termed “an anomaly” compared to normal deposits in the account.
In addition to the Student Council account, Buckley was in charge of the cheerleading team account as well as funds from the school snack stand taken in during basketball games, the complaint says. Following the investigation, “it was determined there is money missing from multiple venues,” it says, but does not provide details.
According to the complaint, a ledger regarding petty cash and the amount of money she turned in May 15 did not match.
She was arraigned on the charges before District Judge Katherine Mcgill and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 7.