The former superintendents of the Athens City and Limestone County school systems have pleaded not guilty to charges they face from a federal indictment.
Trey Holladay, the former Athens superintendent, is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and identity theft.
Tom Sisk, the former Limestone County superintendent, is charged with conspiracy.
The U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI, U.S. Department of Education and Alabama State Department of Education all were involved in a more than two-year-long investigation into an alleged scheme, ultimately stealing money from taxpayers, officials have said.
Sisk and Holladay entered the not guilty pleas Wednesday when they waived their rights to appear at arraignments, according to court records.
Holladay was fired from Athens City Schools in October. He was placed on administrative leave in June of 2020 after the FBI raided his home as part of this investigation.
Sisk left Limestone County Schools in September 2019 for a job in Bristol, Tenn. He has since left that job.