NC principal leaves after cash-for-grades flap

AP News
Posted: Nov 13, 2009 1:15 PM

A North Carolina principal is retiring after school district leaders halted a cash-for-grades fundraiser she approved.

Wayne County Public Schools said Friday that Rosewood Middle School principal Susie Shepherd has gone on leave for the rest of the month and will retire at the beginning of December.

The Goldsboro middle school had planned to allow students to buy 20 test points for a $20 donation. Shepherd says she approved the idea after a parent advisory council presented it as a way to raise money for new technology for the school.

School district officials stopped the fundraiser this week, saying no students will get extra credit and any donations will be returned.

The district says a new principal is expected to be named next week.