Revelstoke shop teacher caught taking school property home

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REVELSTOKE - A Revelstoke shop teacher is being watched closely after he was found using the district’s tools for his own projects at home for the last three years.

Last month, Michael David Howard agreed he misused district funds and property for his own personal gain with the first recorded incident in 2011. Howard used a district account to purchase an $895 mitre saw for a friend. He then repaid the district for the purchase in four separate instalments over three months without interest.

In 2012, Howard took a vinyl sign maker from the school and installed its software on his personal computer. He used the piece of equipment at home before returning it two years later.

In 2014, Howard did not notify the school or the district when he took a $220 power drill and batteries home for personal use. He replaced it later that year after a co-worker asked Howard for batteries. In February of the same year, during a leave of absence, Howard took the school's tile cutter worth $1,000 and temporarily replaced it with his own personal tile cutter. He returned the equipment in June after the district informed him his conduct was being investigated.

Howard agreed to the facts on June 15, 2015, and was suspended from work for ten days without pay. Further conduct breaches could result in further discipline.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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