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Mansfield High principal resigns

MANSFIELD -- Principal Steven Gast has resigned from Mansfield High School after being placed on paid leave April 9 as officials investigated activity fund use.

Superintendent Vernon Newsom said an investigation found no criminal activity. The matter concerned guidelines and district policies regarding the use of activity funds -- campus-generated money used for supplies or training in addition to the school's allocated funds.

Newsom said he could not discuss details because it involved a personnel matter. He added that families "should not have any concerns whatsoever" if they have given money to a cause or organization at the school.

"It's always a tough issue any time you deal with anything of this nature," he said. "We do wish Mr. Gast best wishes in his next endeavor."

Gast, 50, could not be reached for comment. In a letter to school officials, he said he was resigning for personal reasons and in the best interest of the district.

Since then, Assistant Principal Jeff Pollard has overseen the campus. He will continue to do so until the senior class graduates June 9. The district posted the principal position Tuesday.

Gast became principal at Mansfield High in 2004. He was previously principal at Fossil Ridge High School in the Keller school district and at Godley and Brownwood high schools.