Former school principal Carl Reid probably won’t face any jail time for allegedly misspending thousands of dollars in student money, a crown attorney says.
Crown attorney Greg Lenehan said that because the former principal of Gaetz Brook Junior High has no prior record, he will likely get a community-based sentence for the fraud under $5,000 charge in which he recently pled guilty.
Reid resigned in 2005 when allegations surfaced that he used money from a school book fair and dances, and wrote himself cheques to buy home improvement supplies, groceries and movies.
An inquiry board also found he gave his wife, former school board member Bernadette Reid, a 19.76 per cent discount on a drum she sold to the school to keep it under the board’s purchasing policy radar.
Reid originally faced two more serious charges: one count of fraud over $5,000 and one count of theft over $5,000. But his lawyer Elizabeth Buckle and Lenehan agreed to the lesser charge on the condition that he plead guilty, Lenehan said yesterday.
Reid had originally pleaded not guilty to the more serious charges and a trial date had been set for June 9.