Tift County High School Principal, Chad Stone, has been placed on a 30-day paid administrative leave and will not have his contract renewed following an investigation by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). The GaPSC found probable cause for an ethics violation related to standards 5, 6, and 9, which involve the misuse of public funds and property, remunerative conduct, and unprofessional conduct. Stone has the option to agree to the terms issued by GaPSC investigators or request a hearing before an administrative law judge. The school board’s decision is based on local personnel policies, and Stone is still eligible to work as an administrator. The ongoing investigation prevents disclosure of specific incidents leading to the probe. Stone, who had previously announced his retirement in 2024, has 30 days to exercise his due process rights.