A Shiprock, New Mexico, middle school principal has been placed on leave for allegedly displaying a poster listing students who wouldn't be graduating to the next grade.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1TgvAEY) that district officials put Principal J. Kaibah Begay on leave Wednesday.

Central Consolidated School District spokesman James Preminger says the administration learned Tuesday that Tse Bit'a'I Middle School had put up a poster in a hallway identifying 100 students who wouldn't be promoted.

The school has more than 480 students between sixth and eighth grade.

Preminger said Friday that interim Superintendent Colleen Bowman issued an apology, calling the poster an "ill-conceived attempt" to motivate students.

Begay could not be reached for comment.

The district's human resources director will be acting principal until the last day of school May 27.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com