SCS Board Going Over Preliminary Results From Audit Into Trezevant Grade-Changing Scandal

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Sources tell us last week, Shelby County school board members met with the lawyers conducting an audit into a grading scandal, to go over the preliminary results. Board members now have copy of that report, and are reading through it.

School board member Mike Kernell says the public will eventually get the results of the investigation, but for now board members cannot comment on the details. "He has written a draft or preliminary report that we have seen and that's of course attorney client privilege there and it's not for distribution at this point," said Kernell.

"I was given a copy of the report, but it falls under attorney-client privilege, so I can't comment on it," said another school board member, Scott McCormick.

Last June, former Trezevant High School Principal Ronnie Mackin blew the whistle in his six-page resignation letter. Mackin claimed students' transcripts were being changed, including transcripts of high school athletes. Mackin implicated the former football coach, who was later suspended.

This summer, the Local I-Team interviewed the school's former secretary, who was fired after Mackin first discovered the grade discrepancies.

Senior Investigator Jeni Diprizio asked, "Did the coach ever ask you to change a grade?"

Shirley Quinn, former Trezevant secretary replied, "He did. Coach White asked me to change grades. He had classes. A lot of classes." Quinn added, "I can't lie and say 'no, coach never told me or asked me' to change grades because he did. He had a whole lot of kids."

Since June, former federal prosecutor Ed Stanton and two other lawyers have been looking into grade-changing allegations throughout the entire school district, along with Mackin's claims regarding district kickbacks, sexual harassment, and racial discrimination. 

Last summer former secretary Shirley Quinn told the Local I-Team she believed the grade-changing was widespread. "It would surprise me if you could find a school with a transcript that has never been changed. That would shock me."

While school board members are reviewing the draft of the audit, they are allowed to ask questions and make comments.

Local 24 is told at least one other Shelby County School has been implicated and we’ve been told the report raises a lot of additional questions.

Shelby County Schools released a statement saying the matter remains under investigation and a final report is expected in the coming weeks.

  


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