Former Dallas principal accused of nepotism, mismanagement hired in Fort Worth

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A former Dallas high school principal, who lost her job after internal investigators reported that she misused federal grant money and gave jobs to family members, has been hired as an assistant principal at a Fort Worth high school.

Fort Worth school trustees on Tuesday approved the hiring of Leicha Shaver as an assistant principal at South Hills High School.

“The district was aware of this, but we had additional information that led us to hire her,” district spokesman Clint Bond said Wednesday. “We have no concerns about the job she will do for Fort Worth ISD.”

He pointed out that Shaver will be an assistant principal, not the principal. She is scheduled to start work Wednesday.

Shaver was principal of Roosevelt High School in Dallas when she drew scrutiny from the district’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Investigators said in a report March 21 that Shaver hired her husband and sister to work at her campus. Also, Shaver allowed employees to be paid for time they did not work and paid employees using money from the federally funded Texas Title 1 Priority Schools Grant program without authorization, investigators reported.

The Dallas school board voted May 23 not to renew Shaver’s contract, The Dallas Morning News reported. Arlington attorney Daniel Ortiz was quoted in a July 11 article saying that Shaver denied the findings of the investigation.

Shaver could not be reached for comment Wednesday, and Ortiz did not immediately return a phone message.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326 Twitter: @jessamybrown

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