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Decatur principal arrested for domestic violence, on paid leave

David McCollum

His contract with Decatur City Schools ends on June 30.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 12:05 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2021 4:51 PM

A North Alabama elementary school principal has been arrested for domestic violence.

David McCollum is the principal at Banks-Caddell Elementary in Decatur.

Decatur City Schools said McCollum is on paid administrative leave until his contract ends at the end of June. His last day on the job was March 12.

McCollum was notified on March 19 that he was placed on paid administrative leave. Later that month, the Board of Education voted to not renew his contract that ends on June 30.

According to Arab police, warrants for McCollum's arrest were from mid-March. On March 14, officers responded to a domestic call at a home in the 500 block of Fairway Drive. He was arrested on Apr. 8.

There is an interim principal in place for the remainder of the year at Banks-Caddell.

The letter that placed McCollum on administrative leave said "Pending the outcome of an investigation into potentially problematic interactions on your part with faculty members at your school, I am placing you on indefinite paid administrative leave. This action does not itself represent a finding or determination of misconduct or wrongdoing on your part. It is taken in order to ensure that the inquiry described above can be completed as fully, fairly, and promptly as possible." 

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