JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Duval County School Board on Tuesday approved the suspension of three employees without pay.
Jamall Collins, who is a teacher at Fort Caroline Middle School, was recommended for a five-day suspension, while Eldre Allen and Melanie Clemons were suspended for 10 days. Allen is a paraprofessional at Arlington Middle School, and Clemons is a data entry clerk at Carter G. Woodson Elementary School.
All three were cited for “unprofessional conduct.”
Last year, Collins — a former assistant principal at Stockton Elementary School — made headlines when he was arrested at school police headquarters in December for two counts of grand theft.
Collins reportedly took a $2,000 donor check for the elementary school and used it to pay for his motor vehicle insurance and apartment rent.
“Mr. Collins used deception to obtain the account and routing numbers from a check provided to the school by a non-profit organization,” an investigative report from the district said. “He obtained funds from the checking account by fraudulent means to pay personal bills.”
Collins pleaded not guilty.
In June, he accepted and entered a felony pretrial program with the State Attorney’s Office to the charge of grand theft, records show. The pretrial program is an alternative to formal court prosecution which could result in fines or jail time if he were convicted.
“You exercised poor judgment when you failed to maintain honesty in professional dealings and used institutional privilege for personal gain,” a letter dated Aug. 27 from the district to Collins said. “Your behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Last year, Allen faced a criminal traffic charge with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. It’s unclear if the case, which is disposed and carried into August, is connected to Allen’s suspension.
Allen and Clemons’ personnel files have not been made public yet.
Duval County spokesman Tracy Pierce said the district wouldn’t comment on personnel suspensions.