Former McAlester superintendent pleads no contest to embezzlement


MCALESTER, Okla. – A former superintendent of an Oklahoma school district has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of embezzlement  in Pittsburg County District Court.

In February, the McAlester Public School Board unanimously voted to fire McAlester Superintendent Dr. Marsha Gore.

The vote came after allegations were raised about Gore and her husband using school funds for personal use.

“We are in a financial crisis that the superintendent, with the assistance of her husband, has helped create that crisis,” Bill Ervin, the attorney for the school board, said at the time.

This week, Gore pleaded no contest to one count of embezzlement and agreed to pay $484.63 in restitution to the district. She will also pay a $250 fine, $25 to the Victims Compensation Fund and $240 for the cost of prosecution, according to the McAlester News- Capital.

Gore’s husband, Skip Gore, was also charged with embezzlement while he was the district’s plant operations manager.  However, the charge was dismissed after he agreed to pay more than $600 in restitution to the district.