The investigation into Hesperia Unified Superintendent Mark McKinney is over, with an investigator's report saying there was not sufficient evidence to support the charges levied against him this spring.


At the March 28 school board meeting, HUSD police chief Mike Graham alleged that McKinney had conspired to prevent the police department from investigating accounting irregularities in Sultana High School student government funds.


An investigative report, prepared by investigator Edward Saucerman of the Titan Group, was presented to the school board, which held a special closed-doors meeting on Monday to discuss its contents. Only the board has seen the report.


"There was not sufficient information to support the allegation," said McKinney, who was briefed by the board. "What did come out, clearly, is we have communication issues and we need to clarify the roles and responsibilities."


"Mr. McKinney did not do what he was falsely accused of doing," said school board president Chris Bentley. "He treated the ASB money issues as a personnel matter and that's precisely where it should have stayed. ... The authority to run our school district is with our superintendent, and not the police chief or the police officers."


The charges were levied at McKinney at a time that the school police department -- along with other departments in the school district -- was facing cuts. McKinney said that the department has had one officer cut and police officers' work year being reduced from 11 months to 10 and a half.


"We're fine," McKinney said of his current relationship with the district's police force. "Now it's just a matter of clarifying" everyone's roles and responsibilities. "I'm committed to fix that and that's my charge."


"School safety is always a primary concern of ours, and we're committed to providing our students and staff members with safe learning environments," said Bentley. "But it is not the entire mission. ... The police department cannot just determine on their own, what they want to investigate and what they don't want to investigate.


"What the board is stating now is that the superintendent is in charge. That is clear."


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.