Crawford: USD 418 ready to move on from Ruder controversy

By Chris Swick
August 04, 2015

With the restitution paid in full by former associate superintendent Chris Ruder, USD 418 Superintendent Mark Crawford says the district is ready to move on.

“Mr. Chris Ruder has made all restitution to USD 418,” Crawford said. “We are considering this case closed.”

Ruder was ordered to pay back the district nearly $4,200 as part of his resignation from USD 418 after an audit flagged some questionable purchases on district charge cards. He had previously paid back almost $684 upon his initial suspension.

Crawford said that, which the repayment, USD 418 was ready to focus on the positives going on around McPherson.

“This is an exciting time of the year and this an excellent school district,” Crawford said. “We have a reogranization of our Central Officer and we are plugging along to open schools and publish our budget for 2015-16 and move forward.”

The Hutchinson News reported Friday that Ruder's wife, Kristin, had resigned from the Buhler school district and said in a letter to the Buhler school board that they were moving to Oklahoma, where she plans to teach the third grade.