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AIA produces financial answers for executive board

Posted by on May 20, 2013 – 3:52 pm

The Arizona Interscholastic Association went into executive session at Monday afternoon’s board meeting to discuss the financial questions brought about recently by the Arizona Football Coaches Association.

Chief Operating Officer Chuck Schmidt said the board members did not have any issues with the way the AIA has handled its finances.

“The board looks at what (the AzFCA) put out as, I would say, false,” Schmidt said. “It’s a matter of semantics. Overall we’re very transparent. We have all the information, and if superintendents want to look at it, if a coach wants to look at it, we have provided that. We have that ready…Truly, I don’t think there is a ‘missing or undocumented expense.’ Everything’s documented.”

Remembering Art Wagner

The shocking news of Art Wagner’s death last week hit Schmidt particularly hard. The two had grown close over the years, developing a friendship that went beyond work.

Wagner, the AIA board president and Higley district athletic director, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday. Schmidt will speak at Wagner’s ‘Celebration of Life Ceremony’ tonight at 6 p.m. at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts.

He talked Monday about the time they sat in the Menger hotel in San Antonio, discussing Theodore Roosevelt and his recruitment of Rough Riders from that hotel to fight in the Spanish-American war.

“He and I loved that history stuff,” Schmidt said. “We sat there for hours and just talked. That’s going to be my memory of Art.”

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