Honokaa principal cleared of misconduct following DOE investigation

Honokaa principal cleared of misconduct following DOE investigation
Marcella McClelland

HONOKAA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The principal of Honokaa High and Intermediate School who was placed on department-directed leave has been cleared of misconduct following a state Department of Education investigation.

The investigation has been closed, the DOE said on Thursday, but Marcella McClelland will not return to the school.

McClelland was on leave for about a year since the DOE started investigating several allegations, including accusations that she spent $60,000 in school funds on flat screen televisions and other questionable expenses without getting required approvals from a community board.

There were also allegations that McClelland demoted respected veteran teachers and replaced them with inexperienced ones.

McClelland, who was the principal of the 650-student school for two years, has been reassigned to the district office as a school resource specialist.

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