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Officials: Ohio principal got own kids cheap lunches

By John Published: May 4, 2011

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: School district officials in Ohio say a $90,000-a-year elementary school principal got her own children subsidized school lunches through a federal program for the poor.

The Columbus school board on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Kimberly N. Jones, who had been put on paid leave on April 20. The Columbus Dispatch reports she claimed on federal forms that her job paid $2,100 a month, allowing her two children to pay 40 cents for their lunches for two years.

A district auditor described Jones' actions as "possibly fraudulent, definitely unethical."

Schools superintendent Gene Harris told the board members that people sometimes make bad decisions if they feel personal pressure. She also said law enforcement authorities have been notified.

A call for comment to Jones' home went unanswered Wednesday.


Information from the Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com.

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