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Former Gainesville principal arrested on family violence charges
Michael Schlabra currently with Gilmer County schools
Michael Schlabra

A former Gainesville Middle School principal faces misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

Michael Ross Schlabra, 40, was arrested at Gilmer County High School in Ellijay on July 22 on outstanding warrants out of Forsyth County, said Gilmer County sheriff’s Capt. R.T. Henry.

Schlabra was campuswide principal for Gainesville Middle School during the 2006-07 school year. After seeing a reduction in his supervisory role at the school, he left in March 2007, citing personal and family issues. He went on to become director of curriculum for the Gilmer County school system.

Schlabra was served with warrants for family violence battery and second-degree cruelty to a child. Cruelty to a child charges are often brought in cases of domestic violence that occur in the presence of a child.

Schlabra was booked into the Gilmer County jail on July 22, made a transfer bond, and was booked into the Forsyth County

jail the following day. He spent two days in jail before posting $2,540 bond, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said.

Specifics of the criminal allegations were not available Thursday.

Neither Forsyth County Sheriff’s officials nor officials with the Forsyth County Solicitor-General’s Office, which prosecutes misdemeanors, could provide details, including the name of the alleged victim or when or where the alleged incident occurred.

Gilmer County schools Superintendent Randy Parson said Schlabra remained employed with the district. He declined to comment on whether the arrest would effect his employment.

"That’s a personnel matter, and I won’t discuss it," Parson said.

Schlabra, in a brief phone conversation, declined to comment on his arrest.

He is due in Forsyth County State Court Oct. 10, officials said.

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