MOORESVILLE Lake Norman High School principal Todd Griffin was suspended with pay this week pending an Iredell County sheriff's investigation into financial questions at the school.
Iredell-Statesville Schools spokeswoman Dawn Creason said Thursday she couldnt be more specific on the financial issues involved, pending the investigation. Iredell County sheriffs Capt. Darren Campbell told the Hickory Daily Record that his office is investigating financial irregularities involving an organization that raises money for the school.
Griffin has been the schools principal since July 12, 2010, and is Iredell-Statesvilles current principal of the year. In 2011, State Superintendent June Atkinson recognized Griffin and Lake Norman High School for having one of the top graduation rates among N.C. high schools.
Retired school administrator Penny Hedrick has been appointed temporary principal, Creason said. Hedrick was the school's first principal when it opened 10 years ago.
Griffin began his educational career in 1995 as a high school English teacher and football/track coach in South Carolina, according to his biography on Lake Norman High School's website.
He began his administrative career in North Carolina in 2004 as an assistant principal in Rowan County and joined the Iredell-Statesville Schools in 2006 as an assistant principal at West Iredell High School.
He was named principal at Monticello Elementary School in Statesville in January 2008.