Former VUHS principal accused in Danville theft

DANVILLE — Former Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Edwin Webbley has been cited by Vermont State Police for allegedly taking cash and checks out of a safe at The Danville School. Webbley has served as the Danville School co-principal since this past summer.
VSP cited Webbley, 60, to appear in Caledonia Court on March 23 to answer to the charge of embezzlement.
According to a VSP press release, Danville School personnel discovered $360 in cash and another $1,230 worth of checks missing from the school safe on the morning of Monday, Feb. 16, after they had been put in the safe the previous Friday.
According to VSP, Danville School District Superintendent Matt Forrest told them he had video of Webbley removing the money and checks from the safe on Sunday, Feb. 15. VSP then cited Webbley, according to the press release.
Webbley served as the VUHS co-principal for seven years, until June 2014. In 2010, he was named the Vermont Principals’ Association Robert F. Pierce Vermont Secondary Principal of the Year.
But later in his tenure at VUHS, Webbley ran into legal trouble: In February 2012 he was cited for driving under the influence in his then hometown of Bristol.
In July 2012 in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, Webbley pleaded no contest to a charge of careless or negligent operation of a motor vehicle in a plea deal and was fined $400, plus $201 in surcharges. At the time of the citation, Webbley was on medical leave from VUHS due to back and leg pain.

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