District: Indicted Medina principal on leave of absence

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MEDINA, Tenn. — The Gibson County Special School District has confirmed a change of leadership at Medina Elementary School. The school‘s principal was indicted, according to a news release from the United States Attorney‘s Office, accused of scheming to collect Medicare money. “It’s really shocking,” Susannah Lewis, a parent, said. “I really hate to hear it.” Principal Calvin Bailey is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, according to the news release. “My daughter went to elementary school last year and he was always friendly and nice,” Lewis said. The district said this is not a school-related incident. Director of Schools Eddie Pruett declined to do an on-camera interview Thursday, but did confirm via telephone Bailey recently took a 90-day leave of absence. He could not say if it is paid or not. “He’s been a principal for a long time you know, and he’s over the kids and we just don’t need things like that in Medina or anywhere else as far as that goes,” Travis Smith, who lives outside Medina, said. The director of schools said he asked assistant principal Courtnee Wilkes to step in and handle duties on a day-to-day basis. “Anyone in charge of our children should just be on the up and up,” Skip Graves, who lives nearby, said. Pruett said Bailey has been with the district for years but could not confirm exactly how long. “I just can’t believe that he would be indicted for such a thing,” Lewis said. “He’s just a really great guy.” According to a news release, Bailey and his wife, Sandra, as well as Cindy Mallard, also are indicted on the same federal charges and currently free on bond. According to prosecutors, Mallard was the office manager at Medina Family Medical Clinic during the alleged scheme. A clinic spokesperson said Mallard has not worked at the clinic in at least four years.

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