License revoked from former Carencro Middle School principal

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The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday revoked the license of former Carencro Middle School Principal Spurgeon Banyard.

BESE revoked Banyard’s principal level 2 certificate based on a conviction of embezzlement back in 1999 in Mississippi. BESE policy mandates revocation unless presented with documentation saying otherwise. BESE records show Banyard did not present any documentation negating a conviction. Last month, Dr. Banyard announced he was stepping down from his post in the school’s best interests and to be closer to family in Mississippi. He was supposed to stay in his position until June 17, but his last day was April 7. His certification was rejected by the State Education Department due to his felony conviction. His teaching certificate was suspended earlier this year due to another felony conviction, but the suspension was for only one day after Baynard was able to clear up the matter.

Spurgeon tells News 10 he’s working with BESE to have his license reinstated and with an attorney to have his record esponaged.

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