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Retired Barrington High School fine arts chair charged with theft

BARRINGTON – The former chairperson of the fine arts department at Barrington High School has been charged with bilking more than $5,000 in ticket revenue, according to the Barrington Police Department.

Julie Rachel Salk, 50, of Barrington, turned herself in to police Tuesday after a Lake County warrant was issued late last week. She was charged with felony theft involving a Barrington High School musical performance in March.

An employee at Barrington District 220 last April alerted officials to suspicious financial management practices by Salk, according to a news release. District officials later notified police about the misconduct, and an investigation ensued.

Salk took approximately $5,022 in theater and raffle ticket sales from the March musical performance, the news release states. She retired from the district in June, and was responsible for administering the fine arts department’s event expenses.

Salk was released from jail Tuesday after posting 10 percent of her $10,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 14.

The investigation is ongoing.

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