After it was discovered in spring 2009 that a school secretary allegedly stole more than $50,000, Howard Davis was forced out as principal of Scotlandville High School despite being popular with students, faculty and the community.
Two years later, after seeing five principals come and go, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board on Monday reappointed Davis as interim principal of the high school.
“Mr. Davis and I have had a couple of long discussions, and I support Mr. Davis returning to Scotlandville High School,” Superintendent John Dilworth told the board.
“I’d like to express my thanks for (you) giving me the opportunity to go back to Scotlandville High School, and generally to try to help to make Scotlandville the best it can be,” Davis told the board. “I do appreciate the confidence you’re showing.”
Davis was forced out during the final days of Superintendent Charlotte Placide’s time in office.
An audit in 2009 found while Davis did not personally take part in the alleged theft, he did not properly monitor school finances to prevent the problems from occurring.
Davis resigned, then asked to withdraw his resignation, proposing a list of corrective actions to prevent future financial problems.
After Monday’s meeting, Dilworth said the school system now conducts more frequent audits of high schools to prevent financial problems.
In other action Monday, the board appointed Clinton Sampson as Glen Oaks High School’s principal, and reassigned Stephanie Tate to serve as principal at Claiborne Elementary from her previous job as principal of Westminster Elementary.
Sampson is principal at Lakeview High School in Campti near Natchitoches.
He replaces longtime Principal Wilbert August, who was recently reassigned to serve as an assistant principal at Valley Park Alternative School.
Tate, who is returning from sick leave, will take over Claiborne as it expands and moves into a new facility.