The principal of the beleaguered Jefferson High School in North Portland, Cynthia Harris, was placed on paid administrative leave yesterday with no public explanation.

Harris's part-time business manager Reis Wilbanks was also placed on leave. Portland Public Schools spokesperson Matt Shelby says he doesn't know the duration of the leave. He says this has nothing to do with Jefferson's fate in the high school redesign.

Deputy Superintendent Tori Hunter will take over in the meantime.

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  • Wilbanks

Update 9:54 am: Beth over at WW has details on a pretty damning audit, released yesterday, that sheds light on some of Harris's purchasing decisions—including using student body funds to buy lip gloss, paying out of accounts with negative balances, and losing money on a latte machine. No word yet on whether the incidents are related.

Update 2:45 pm: More from The Skanner, whose reporter got kicked out of a parent meeting on athletics funding on March 3.