“The lack of adherence to District Policy, Oklahoma School Law and Federal Program guidelines lead to the recommendation for dismissal of Stewart,” Springer wrote. “Inappropriate use of public funds is unacceptable in the Oklahoma City Public Schools district. Such action by this board and myself, however uncomfortable, is required to retain the communities' trust and confidence.”
Stewart told the board she acknowledges she didn't follow some procedures while managing school funds but argued she has made up for all money lost under her supervision.
“I have done this job for 15 years in this district,” Stewart said during the meeting. “The reason why I do this job is to educate children. I have given more money than what I've been accused of misappropriating just this year.”
Stewart worked at Bodine Elementary, 5301 S Bryant Ave., for one year. She was previously the principal of Van Buren Elementary School, starting in 2005.