James Hillhouse High School principal Kermit Carolina responded Tuesday evening to allegations of grade tampering and told those in attendance at his press conference that the investigation is a "witch hunt" by the mayor's office.
The reports states that last fall, Assistant Principal Shirley Love Joyner made allegations of grade tampering and improper granting of credits to student athletes.
Because of 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.
"This has been a very unfortunate situation for all involved," Mayo said in a written statement Monday. "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."
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.
After Carolina's press conference, Mayo said he plans to punish those involved with the report, but he did not indicate what the consequences would be. He also added that Carolina would not lose his job.
According to the report, the investigation made the following findings:
Carolina said there is no policy in place that states what was done is against school rules.
He added that allegations were brought by the mayor's office after Carolina did not endorse him for reelection.
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