Former Trezevant High Secretary Says Grade-Changing Happens All The Time

Shirley Quinn spoke exclusively to the Local I-Team's Jeni DiPrizio

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The former secretary at the center of the grade changing scandal at Trezevant High School is breaking her silence. She's speaking for the first time since losing her job last fall.

She admits, yes, grades were changed, but says she only did what teachers and administrators told her to do.

Shirley Quinn says she wants the students, parents, and public to hear her side of the story, and she says grade-changing happens all the time is Shelby County Schools.

"I'm hurt, I'm real hurt," said Shirley Quinn, former Trezevant secretary. Quinn misses running the main office at the school, a place she worked for more than two decades.

"I loved the children at Trezevant. They called me Momma Quinn," said Quinn.

As the secretary of record, Quinn, not the teachers, had the computer access to change grades and transcripts. Quinn says teachers and administrators would come to her at the end of the year, asking grades be changed, claiming students had done make-up work to justify the change. She said she took them at their word. Quinn says she never changed a grade on her own.

"I don't question a teacher about what goes on in her classroom. I said those teachers have all sorts of degrees. I only have a high school diploma," said Quinn.

Quinn was fired after former Trezevant principal Ronnie Mackin noticed the grade discrepancies last fall. Many of students whose transcripts were changed were athletes.

When the Local I-team's Jeni Diprizio asked Quinn, "did the coach ever ask you to change a grade?" Quinn responded, "He did. Coach White asked me to change grades. He had classes. A lot of classes." She added, "I can't lie and say 'no, coach never told me or ask me to change grades', because he did. He had a whole lot of kids."

Because of what happened at Trezevant, Shelby County Schools created new rules for staffers to follow when changing grades.

Independent auditors are now looking for transcript discrepancies at all high schools in the district. Quinn's prediction, "it would surprise me if you could find a school with a transcript that has never been changed. That would shock me."

Quinn feels as if she was made the scapegoat in this situation, and feels she should not have been fired.

 

 

 


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