Judge says District 150 was within its rights to fire Lindberg principal

By WEEK Producer

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Chief Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit has ruled that District 150 was within its rights to dismiss Lindberg School Principal Mary Davis in 2010.

In doing so, Judge Michael Brandt overruled an administrative hearing officer who had ruled in Davis' favor.

At question was Davis' use of school activity funds. She had purchased a $467 Mont Blanc pen as part of an expense necessary for a 7th grade field trip.

There were checks totaling $850 made to Davis' secretary, ostensibly for overtime work, although the secretary said she did not get paid overtime for the job in question.

In 2010, Davis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor Obstruction of Justice charges. Despite this, the hearing officer ruled Davis' dismissal was not warranted.

Judge Michael Brandt overturned that, writing the "evidence shows beyond a doubt an irremediable breach of ethics and criminal behavior".