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DICKINSON, N.D. -- The former Catholic high school principal charged with felony arson in connection with the fire that destroyed parts of the school this month was released from jail after posting bond Friday.


Thomas Sander was released on $50,000 bond after a bond reduction hearing Friday morning. Sander's bond was originally set at $500,000 cash, but Southwest Judicial District Judge Zane Anderson amended the conditions so Sander only had to post 10 percent of the original amount.

Sander is charged with felony arson and endangerment by fire after allegedly starting a fire in a file cabinet in the vault of the main office at Trinity High School in the late hours of March 2.

The fire destroyed the main office and caused structural damage, forcing the closure of the building for the remainder of the school year and displacing Trinity's junior high and high school students.

Sander was fired by Dickinson Catholic Schools shortly after he was charged.

He will next appear in court April 21.