Fired principal works as assistant while awaiting final decision

A former Jackson principal is working for a Canton middle school as he awaits a ruling about his firing from the Jackson Public School District.

Canton Public School District's public relations director Beverly Luckett says former Chastaine Middle School principal Michael Ellis has been hired at Nichols Middle School as an assistant principal.

Ellis was fired last December following an internal audit district officials said showed that he falsified payroll documents along with other irregularities.

Ellis countered those claims and his termination hearing lasted six months.

Both sides are awaiting a report from hearing officer Robert Johnson. The Jackson school board will have 30 days to uphold or overturn Ellis firing.