Dailey resigns from school district, will appear May 15

Gwen Chamberlain

Ronald Dailey, the former Penn Yan Village trustee who faces 48 felony charges connected to funds missing from accounts at the Penn Yan Middle School and the Penn Yan Fire Department’s Sheldon Hose Company, has resigned his position as a Penn Yan Middle School social studies teacher.

The Penn Yan Central School Board of Education accepted his resignation at its May 7, 2008 regular meeting. Dailey, who had been a tenured teacher at the school district had been on paid administrative leave since last December, when he was first charged with taking more than $7,200 from the Middle School Activities Account. He was arrested by Penn Yan Village Police and arraigned in Penn Yan Village Court following a complaint from the school district.

He is scheduled to appear before Judge Dennis Bender in Yates County Criminal Court on Thursday, May 15. His attorney, John A. Schuppenhauer did not immediately return a phone call to confirm reports that Dailey will reach a plea agreement with District Attorney Susan Lindenmuth in court this week.

On Jan. 25, he was arrested by New York State Police following an investigation into missing funds from the Sheldon Hose Company of the Penn Yan Fire Department. He was charged with 30 county of first degree falsifying business records, five counts of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and thir degree grand larceny.

In that case, Dailey was arraigned before Milo Town Justice John Symonds and released on $5,000 cash bail.

Then, in April, he was charged with diverting about $8,100 from another fund based in the school.

In that case, Dailey was charged with third degree grand larceny, a class D felony.

Penn Yan Police Chief Gene Mitchell said those charges stem from actions Dailey took over a two-year period when he diverted money intended for the Student Council fund to a social activities fund for teachers.

Mitchell explained that when Dailey was in charge of the social activities fund, which usually consisted of between $400 and $500 from teachers, he was also the Student Council advisor, and was responsible for that organization’s funds.

The Student Council fund is a school fund, but the social activities fund, which was a fund for members of the school staff, was not a school fund.

Each of the funds would periodically receive checks from Geneva Club Beverage for bottle and can deposit refunds.

Dailey allegedly deposited funds intended for the Student Council fund into the social activities fund, and then accessed those funds for his own use, according to Mitchell, who says this occurred over a period beginning in 2005, when Dailey took over the social activity account.

In all, Dailey had been charged with 48 felonies in the three arrests.

Dailey, a former Penn Yan Village trustee, had submitted his resignation from the Penn Yan Village Board last spring. It was unanimously accepted by the village board on May 29, 2007.

At that time he said the resignation was related to his need to attend to some family obligations, and he refused to comment on an internal investigation into missing fire department funds.