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Updated: 4:23 p.m. on November 8, 2019

GREENDALE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The former Greendale Schools Superintendent who's accused of using a district-issued credit card to make personal purchases has repaid all of the money.

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Posted: 10:06 p.m. on November 4, 2019

GREENDALE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Former Greendale Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary Kiltz resigned on Oct. 28, after he was accused of using a district-issued credit card to make personal purchases.

Greendale Schools says Dr. Kiltz made nearly $10,000 of personal purchases on the district credit card. He charged the district with work done on his home and a family vacation this summer.

There was more than $400 spent at a standup paddleboard company, almost $500 at Macy's, and more than $2,000 spent at a New Berlin music store.

"The Board of Education wanted to take quick action on the matter," said Greendale School Board President Joe Crapitto. "Given the nature of the policy violation, we choose to seek reimbursement rather than seek criminal charges."

There are parents who question why it took so long for anyone to notice the inappropriate charges.

"It's very disappointing as a taxpayer," said Greendale parent Diannia Merriett. "Our money shouldn't be used in the way that it was used."

Kiltz also paid more than $5,000 to a heating and air company for renovations on his home. There's also a charge with Delta airlines for more than $800.

The school district says it will get its money back - all $9,962 Kiltz spent.

A statement from Dr. Kiltz's representation says:

"On October 28, 2019, the Greendale Board of Education accepted the resignation of Dr. Gary Kiltz, Superintendent of Schools. Since then, and understandably, Dr. Kiltz has received several requests for comment. The statement put forth by the Board about this matter speaks for itself. Dr. Kiltz respects the Board's position given the situation and submitted his resignation accordingly. Dr. Kiltz understands that he could have used better judgment in his use of the district credit card. He will be fully repaying all monies in question by the end of this week.
Dr. Kiltz is thankful for the opportunity to have worked for the Greendale School District and is proud to have worked with so many outstanding professionals. He worked hard to maintain the high quality education that Greendale Schools are known for and to address issues of equity and inclusion that are so important to both students and the community alike. He sincerely hopes this work will continue and wishes all of the students, faculty, and stuff of the Greendale School District the best of luck in the future."

Below is the full statement from Parents Advocating for Greendale Equity:

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