In a report released Monday night, instances of grade tampering were found at James Hillhouse High School in New Haven.
The report states that last fall, Assistant Principal Shirley Love Joyner made allegations of grade tampering and improper granting of credits to student athletes.
Due to the allegations, the report states Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo immediately ordered an investigation in the matter and chose attorney Floyd Dugas to conduct it.
None of the allegations involved tampering with state standardized tests, nor did any evidence suggest such tampering. The investigation did substantiate several of Joyner's allegations and found evidence of isolated grade tampering and targeted preferential treatment of certain student athletes by the Hillhouse administration, including Principal Kermit Carolina, the report states.
The investigation involved dozens of interviews and extensive reviewing of records, including emails, student transcripts, school records, teacher grading sheets and other documents. Disciplinary action will be taken against several staff members as a result of the findings of the investigation.
"This has been a very unfortunate situation for all involved," Mayo said in a written statement. "These were very serious allegations made against administrators at our second-largest high school. I will not tolerate improper changing of grades at any school, and therefore disciplinary action will be handed out to staff members who were involved."
According to the report, the investigation made the following findings:
Eyewitness News reporter Matthew Campbell will have more on the investigation tonight at 11 p.m.
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