Highland superintendent abruptly retires

HIGHLAND, Ark. (AP) - The embattled superintendent of the Highland School District has abruptly retired.

Assistant Superintendent Tracy Webb told The Jonesboro Sun reports ( that the school board accepted James Floyd's request to resign on Monday.

Webb - who was appointed superintendent - says Floyd did not submit a retirement letter and that his reasons were not revealed.

Efforts to contact Floyd were unsuccessful.

The board had questioned Floyd about a 2010 trip to a conference in Las Vegas that the district paid $809 for in airfare, car rental, hotel and other fees. An auditor recently reported that there was no evidence Floyd actually attended the conference.

Floyd at the time denied wrongdoing and told the newspaper that he didn't preregister for the conference - but registered on site the day it started.

Information from: The Jonesboro Sun,

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