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Former Vt. principal pleads not guilty to theft

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BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A former elementary school principal in Vermont has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he diverted $4,000 in grant money to his personal use and took students' lunch money.

Michael Heller of Fairfax had been principal of Readsboro Elementary School for two years.

The Bennington Banner reports police said they were contacted by interim superintendent Richard McClements and district business manager Karen Atwood after a five-week investigation about a "Principal's Account" that wasn't authorized.

Police also spoke to school Secretary Patricia Kidney, who said about $200 in lunch money dropped off at her desk was missing over a year.

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