Audits confirm grades were changed
Transcript audits show 21 cases in which grades were changed at Whittell High School in the past two years, Douglas County School District Assistant Superintendent John Soderman said Friday.
“Through doing audits we’ve been able to determine inconsistencies,” Soderman said, adding grades were changed on transcripts of two students from the class of 2002, nine students who graduated in 2000 and 10 students who graduated in June.
Once a student completes his or her first year of high school, freshman year grades should read the same on each transcript following that year. The district discovered incidents where, for example, a senior year transcript showed different first year grades than a freshman year transcript.
“We’re to the point where we’re probably going to be turning this over shortly, in the next week or two, for other people to investigate,” Soderman said. “There is a lot of grunt work involved and a lot of information to plow through.”
Two Whittell secretaries have been on paid administrative leave since the issue arose. District officials would not confirm or deny if the women are involved, but several students claim their grades were changed by one of the two secretaries on leave.
Soderman said a few people have come forward with details about grade changes at Whittell but the district still is looking for more concrete information.
“I do appreciate the people who have called and shed light on the situation,” he said. “It would be a good time for any people who know something to come forward. The students know what their grades are and the students know if their grades changed and yes, students should come forward and say that. If they do know who did it, they need to come forward and say that, as well.”
Soderman said the district will be able to release additional information upon completion of the investigations.
“We’re not being secretive about any of it,” he said. “Parts of it can’t be discussed but it is certainly no secret that there are problems and we’re trying to sort through them. We’re trying to talk to people and get the information we need. We’re just doing what we can as we have the opportunity.”
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