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Fla. School Principal Pleads Guilty

October 26, 2002

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BARTOW, Fla. (AP) _ An elementary school principal has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $30,000 from the school system and its PTA.

Barbara Brokenburr, 51, pleaded guilty Friday to four counts of grand theft and one count of official misconduct.

The suspended principal at Jewett School of the Arts in Winter Haven must pay $30,374 in restitution by Dec. 19 or face up to a year in jail. She is also sentenced to 10 years of probation, ordered to pay $1,100 for the state attorney’s office investigation, and will lose her teaching certificate.

An official in the Polk County school system said Brokenburr, who began her career 29 years ago as a teacher’s aide, will be fired.

``It’s heartbreaking, really,″ said David Lauer, assistant superintendent for human resources. ``She was a good principal. She related well to the community and the students. I hate to see anyone who’s had such a fine career have it end this way.″

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