Financial discrepancies bring charges against principal in DeKalb County (Ga.) district

Dec. 19, 2019
Lakeisha Griffith has been on leave from Towers High School in Decatur since September.

More than two months after being placed on administrative leave, a principal in the DeKalb County (Ga.) district faces two charges related to financial discrepancies.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that LaKeisha Nicole Griffith, who has been principal at Towers High School in Decatur since the 2018-19 school year, has been charged with fourth-degree forgery and theft by conversion, the DeKalb County School District says.

In a statement, the district says the investigation was prompted by “a report of financial discrepancies.”

“DeKalb County School District Audits & Compliance Department initiated an inquiry and discovered financial irregularities,” the statement says. “The [district] Police Department conducted an investigation into the matter and as a result, an arrest warrant ... has been issued.”

The district did not elaborate on the financial discrepancies.

Griffith was placed on administrative leave in September.

She came to the district in 2005 as a substitute teacher, and became a principal in 2018.

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