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Reed: School system will comply with state regulations regarding drawdown

Hartselle School Superintendent Mike Reed said the school system will comply with state law regarding a $10,000 drawdown conducted that Hartselle Baseball and Softball boosters.

The school board has launched an investigation into the drawdown to see whether it violates state gambling laws and other regulations adopted by the Alabama Department of Education.

“After a question was raised concerning the fundraising project that was conducted by Hartselle Baseball and Softball Boosters, it was determined that the drawdown had not been viewed as a school function,” Reed said in a prepared statement at the board of education meeting Monday night. “With the adoption of guidelines of the Alabama State Department of Education on June 10, it has most likely become defined as a school function.

“If the drawdown is considered to be in violation of the State Department of Education guidelines or Alabama State Law, the school system will comply,” Reed said.

The baseball and softball drawdown has been one of the biggest fundraisers for the two spring sports. A number of $100 tickets that include a steak dinner and a chance to win $10,000 are sold and the proceeds are split between the two programs.

Other schools in Morgan County and across Alabama also have similar drawdown fundraisers.