LICKING HEIGHTS (WTVN) -- An elementary school principal has been re-assigned, after district officials say he used money out of his own pockets to pay teachers to tutor struggling students.
Licking Heights Superintendent Dr. Phillip Wagner, tells our news partners at ABC6, that Licking Heights Elementary School Principal Brian Wilkinson has been reassigned to the district offices. He says that anything school-related that deals with money must first be cleared by the district and Wilkinson didn't follow that policy.
"He designed a couple programs. A couple after-school programs and started to self-fund those and, you know, people give different types of donations to the school district; but, we have to make sure we record those," said Wagner.
Wilkinson now works in the district office, assisting teacher evaluation processes, grant writing and pitching in where he can.
Traci Schleppi has elementary school students in the district. She told ABC6 that she believes Wilkinson was doing the right thing.
"If he was trying to help the kids, then great. More power to him. Kids need help," Schleppi said.
Wilkinson was getting kids help for math and extended school or detention programs. The school district has since paid for those classes.
Dr. Wagner says there was nothing criminal about the former principal's action; but, in the end, the decision wasn't the proper thing to do.
Wilkinson will be working at the district office for the remainder of the school year. School leaders say they are still trying to figure out what will happen to him after that.