The headmaster, from the Bergen area, took the money from an account intended to buy milk for pupils, reports Aftenposten.
The man made a total of 11 transfers from the PTA account, the last of which was in February 2012. The PTA first noticed that the money was missing in August 2012, after which the headmaster confessed. He was reported to the police and paid the money back, Aftenposten reported.
The principal blamed depression and poor personal finances for his actions. The court convicted him of embezzlement and sentenced him to 60 hours’ community service, ruling out a prison sentence on the grounds that it could lead to him losing his job.