Metro Atlanta principal resigns after investigation

Aleshia McCray is out as principal of Cowan Road Elementary School following an investigation.

Aleshia McCray is out as principal of Cowan Road Elementary School following an investigation.

A metro Atlanta principal has resigned after an investigation revealed she falsified documents and did not follow her supervisor’s directions, the school system said.

Aleshia McCray is out as principal of Cowan Road Elementary School, the Griffin-Spalding County School System announced Friday. She had been placed on leave Oct. 5 while the district investigated.

The school system found McCray falsified several documents related to the use of Title I funds, the district said in a statement. Those funds are designed for schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

The school system concluded there was no evidence that McCray misappropriated the money for her own use.

She was also charged with insubordination and allowing classified employees to work off the clock.

“The Griffin-Spalding County School System takes this matter very seriously and does not tolerate any violation of the Georgia Professional Standards for educators, nor this type of behavior for any employee,” the statement read.

Hoby Davenport was named interim principal. He is now retired but previously served as Cowan Road’s principal.

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