Principal retires after fundraising debacle

Susie Shepherd

November 12, 2009 9:00:00 PM PST
A Wayne County principal who approved a controversial cash for grades fundraiser has decided to retire.School district leaders halted the fundraiser earlier this week.

Rosewood Middle School principal Susie Shepherd is on leave for the rest of the month and will retire on December 1.

"I met with Mrs. Shepherd on Thursday as a part of a district investigation into why a recent fundraiser was approved at her school," said Dr. Steven Taylor, Wayne County superintendent. "At that time she informed me of her decision to retire at the end of the month. Mrs. Shepherd had indicated to me that she already planned to retire at the end of the school year."

Shepherd had approved a fundraiser that would allow students to get 20 test points in exchange for a $20 donation. She said she approved the idea after a parent advisory council presented it as a way to raise money.

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

A new principal is expected to be named next week.

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