PATASKALA, Ohio (WTVN) --The head of Licking Heights Schools says an elementary school principal's reassignment was not punishment for paying for tutoring help for students.

In an interview with 610 WTVN, Dr. Philip Wagner said Brian Wilkinson asked for the job change following a meeting with the superintendent in January.

While Wagner said Wilkinson could have made a better decision when he footed the bill for the student help, "there was no discipline in this issue".

Wilkinson told Wagner him the incident did advance earlier plans he had to move into the role of assistant principal or going back into the classroom.

Wagner said the school board has since approved hiring teachers to keep the tutoring program Wilkinson started, but the publicity has left its mark.

"He started to heal from the first round of false accusations and now this has resurged,  and it's hard on him", Wagner said.