Reynolds H.S. principal under investigation for funds misuse

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FILE - Principal Jeff Gilbert claps during the Assembly of Honor at Reynolds High School on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 (file photo by Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com Producer/Reporter).

TROUTDALE, Ore. - The principal of Reynolds High School is under investigation for possibly mishandling student body funds.

Jeff Gilbert has been at the school for the last four years before the district put him on unpaid leave at the beginning of the month for failing to complete continuing education courses.

Because of the ongoing investigation, district spokeswoman Andrea Watson wouldn't elaborate on the new allegation. So it is unknown how much money Gilbert is under investigation for possibly mishandling or how the district thinks he might have misused it.

Many students KATU News interviewed Thursday said they want to see Gilbert come back.

"He tries to make sure everyone is graduating and make sure they're on time to graduate and all of that," said Jeff Zell, a senior.

Gilbert has received so much support from students since his contract expired they even held a protest to bring him back.

But not everyone shares that opinion. A couple of students said they felt Gilbert should have made sure his job was his top priority and taken the continuing education course the district requires.

The Reynolds High School website has a short statement on it letting parents know about the investigation into the suspected mishandling of student body funds.

Gilbert's attorney, Jim Brown, said it's too early in the investigation to comment.

The school has placed an interim principal at Reynolds as the investigation continues.