The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

December 21, 2013

Warrant for Career Tech theft lists 3 items taken

By Kim West

— Three pieces of equipment valued at $7,559 were listed on the Dec. 16 warrant in connection with a theft case involving the Limestone County Career Technical Center, according to Circuit Court Clerk Brad Curnutt.

The center’s director, Mickey Charles Glass, 41, of 25402 Hays Mill Road in Elkmont, was charged with first-degree theft of property on Dec. 16 and released same day after posting $5,000 bail.

District Attorney Brian Jones said Glass is accused of using a school account to purchase a pool pump and a Toro lawnmower, which were confiscated Monday by authorities at his residence. The warrant also listed a chain saw.

Glass is also accused of using Career Tech funds to buy equipment and selling the items online and locally, Jones said.

Limestone County Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk met with Glass on Wednesday “to give him an opportunity to respond to the allegations,” and plans to meet again in January to discuss the ongoing situation.

The case remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, FBI and school system, and additional charges could be filed in the coming weeks.

“Another meeting is expected after the first of the year,” said Sisk, who added Glass “has rights that must be observed.”

Glass, who joined the school system in 1998 as a teacher, has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 12.

The Limestone County Board of Education met Tuesday in a called morning meeting. School officials said the board, which went into executive session, discussed possible litigation and available legal options, but did not take any action.

“The process could take a while depending what happens with the criminal charges,” Sisk said. “There is no timeline that can be forecast at this time. I have to wait and see what happens in the courts.”

An official attorney is not listed on court documents for Glass, but the office of Florence attorney James Irby confirmed he is providing legal services for the third-year Career Tech administrator.

Irby is the former superintendent of Athens City Schools and has represented area school employees in previous cases.