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H.E. McCracken principal hearing adjourned for day

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Testimony is underway in the Phillip Shaw hearing, the former H.E. McCracken Principal who was fired in July. Testimony is underway in the Phillip Shaw hearing, the former H.E. McCracken Principal who was fired in July.
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Testimony has adjourned for the day in the Phillip Shaw hearing, the former H.E. McCracken Principal who was fired in July.

It's a rare situation when you have school board members serving as both the jury and the judge, but that is the case for Friday's public hearing.

So far five school district employees have testified. Former acting superintendent Jackie Rosswurm said Shaw was put on paid administrative leave on Nov. 8, 2012, because of concerns about his whereabouts during school hours and his failure to follow administrative procedure.

Rosswurm testified that Shaw failed to show up to meetings with her and there were complaints that he was not visible to students and staff during school hours. 

Among the accusations in the school district's report, they say Shaw violated district financial protocol by letting the school office manager handle money instead of the bookkeeper.

He's also accused of violating the rights of a guidance counselor by talking to the media about the employee's shortcomings which put him and the school district in jeopardy.

Rosswurm testified that the findings were enough to terminate Shaw, but she decided to reassign him to the district's "Right Choices" program and put him on an improvement plan.

But Shaw never showed up for work.

Rosswurm testified that she only planned to have Shaw on leave for a few days.

But part of that changed that she and another employee found a locked box inside Shaw's office that allegedly contained more than $600 in cash.

She said the district's financial policy only allows school employees to keep a small amount of it.   

School district officials say they had asked Shaw several times to move the office manager out of his office but that never happened.

Rosswurm testified that there were concerns that the office manager had too much control over Shaw's responsibilities and that included managing a checking account.

But on cross examination, Shaw's attorney criticized Rosswurm for not following up on any of the accusations or thoroughly documenting the incidents herself.

The school's bookkeeper also testified that she had talked to Shaw many times about the district's financial policy but Shaw never changed anything.

Testimony will continue on Monday, November 4, 2013.

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