Thursday, October 05, 2000

Principal submits resignation

20-year-old conviction disclosed

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DRY RIDGE — The principal of Dry Ridge Elementary is stepping down, after being suspended because she did not tell the school district about a 20-year-old misdemeanor conviction.

        Grant County Superintendent James Simpson suspended Gwendolyn May, who was hired this year to run the elementary school, for 20 days after a routine criminal background check revealed a misdemeanor conviction from 20 years ago.

        The district did not release the specific charge, which originated outside of Kentucky.

        Following the suspension, which began Monday, Ms. May submitted her resignation effective at the end of the school year.

        During the suspension, Deborah Reed, former Grant County administrator and Dry Ridge principal, will fill in as interim principal.

        When Ms. May applied for the job, she did not list the conviction, said Ruth Odor, a spokeswoman for the district. Because it was several years old, Ms. May thought the charge had been removed from her record.

        School districts have been required to do criminal background checks on all employees since 1998.


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