From December 2012 to September 2015, Mid-Central Education Cooperative paid Outback Storage in Rapid City $105 monthly rent for storage of GEAR UP items and trailer parking. Following the deaths of business managers and now accused embezzlers Scott and Nicole Westerhuis last September, MCEC disbursed another $220 to Outback Storage in December 2015. At their April 2016 meeting, the MCEC board voted to withhold payment of a $335 bill from Outback Storage for the GEAR UP storage unit.
Now MCEC interim director Bob Krietlow (who is being paid $425 a day, per the contract approved in April) plans to drive out to Rapid City to find out just what’s inside that storage unit:
During a regular meeting of the Mid-Central governing board held Thursday in Platte, Interim Director Bob Krietlow said he’s planning a trip to Rapid City, where the shed is located, next week to seek GEAR UP answers.
He said the storage shed may contain GEAR UP supplies or Mid-Central paperwork, but no one with knowledge of its contents has been inside of it.
The shed is under new ownership, so Krietlow plans to meet the owner Wednesday for entrance.
“We’re looking at … seeing what’s actually in that shed because nobody really seems to know,” Krietlow said [Jake Shama, “Mysterious Storage Shed May Hold GEAR UP Answers,” Mitchell Daily Republic, 2016.05.12].
Given this notice that the boss is coming, Outback Storage (or whoever owns that shed now) might want to keep a close eye on the surveillance tapes this weekend to make sure no one else brings a key to that unit and hauls anything out.