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High school principal at Garden Plain suspended

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013, at 10:32 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at 10:57 a.m.

Garden Plain High School principal Troy McChristian has been suspended pending an investigation.

Renwick superintendent Tracy Bourne said McChristian, who was starting his fifth year as principal of the high school in western Sedgwick County, was placed on paid administrative leave on Sept. 6. He would not discuss why, saying it is a personnel matter.

“I would anticipate over the next few weeks we’ll finish our investigation and fact-finding ... and make some long-term decisions,” Bourne said. “We don’t have a set date” for making a decision.

Students and staff at the high school were notified last week of the suspension.

“I would imagine there was some surprise,” said Bourne, who will serve as acting principal pending the outcome of the investigation. “The good thing was everybody seemed to take the news in stride.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said. “My goal is for this situation to have zero impact on the students and the staff and their ability to move forward and have a great school year.”

McChristian, 35, came to Garden Plain from Nickerson, where he had most recently served as assistant high school principal and athletic director.

He was arrested on Dec. 17 on suspicion of driving under the influence, improper backing and no insurance, records show.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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