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Former Board of Ed president charged with stealing from school

Former Board of Ed president charged with stealing from school

A former president of the Saratoga Springs Board of Education was indicted Thursday on charges of st
Former Board of Ed president charged with stealing from school
Chip Locke speaks to Saratoga Springs City Schools Board of Education member Joanne Kiernan after being sworn in as president on Jan. 8, 2015.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

A former president of the Saratoga Springs Board of Education was indicted Thursday on charges of stealing money last year from the Greenfield Elementary Home/School Association.

Charles B. "Chip" Locke, 43, of North Greenfield Road, Greenfield, was indicted by a grand jury in Ballston Spa on charges that included third-degree grand larceny, second-degree possession of a forged instrument and first-degree falsification of business records.

Locke, who is free on bail, was arrested by sheriff's deputies in September 2015 and resigned from his school board position that same day.

Locke is accused of stealing about $10,000 from the Greenfield Elementary School Home/School Association, which is the school's parent-teacher organization.

Saratoga County District Attorney Karen A. Heggen said the year that has passed since the arrests has included further investigations and unsuccesful negotiations to resolve the charges.

The Home/School Association has cooperated throughout, she said. She also said the charges did not involve his school board role.

"What the indictment alleges is that this man was entrusted with funds raised for the benefit of children, and instead he is alleged to have used those funds his own benefit," Heggen said.

Heggen declined to say how the money may have been spent.

Locke's attorney, Stacey Gorman of Ballston Spa, could not be reached for comment.

In addition to being school board president from January 2015 until his resignation, Locke was treasurer of the Home/School Association, which is at the elementary school his children attended.

The arrest came after the sheriff's office said it was contacted by members of the Home/School Association who reported that several thousand dollars was missing from HSA accounts.

Locke, who described himself as a "stay-at-home dad" with a background in restaurant management when he ran for the school board in 2011, was previously president of the HSA.

The indictment moves the case from local court to Saratoga County Court in Ballston Spa, where felony cases are heard.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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