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Thousands of dollars in school funds were stolen from a vehicle belonging to a high school principal, a Granite School District spokesman said Saturday.

Police in Murray are still looking for a thief or thieves who broke into a vehicle parked in front of the residence of Jerry Haslam, the principal of Granger High School, on July 31.

Granite School District Spokesman Ben Horsley said about $14,000 of registration money parents had given to the school was stolen in the burglary — about $6,000 dollars in cash and $8,000 in checks. The money came from between 60 and 70 families during a busy registration period the day before the theft.

Horsley said the district will have to make up those funds and that the families will not be responsible for replacing the lost money.

Haslam did not follow district policy when he took the money home after registration, Horsley said. All district employees who handle funds are supposed to take school money directly to a bank.

While Haslam will still be at the helm of Granger High when school starts in the fall, the district did impose "appropriate corrective discipline," Horsley said. Horsley declined to say what that discipline was.

Horsley said the district has already contacted families whose money was stolen, but said that anyone with concerns about the theft can contact the district's School Accountability Services at 385-646-5000.

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