2 school officials on leave amid grade-tampering accusations

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) – A Berkeley County high school principal and athletic director are on administrative leave after being accused of tampering with a student-athlete’s grades.

WCIV-TV reports that Acting Berkeley County Superintendent Michael Turner on Wednesday informed school board members in a letter that Goose Creek High School Principal Jimmy Huskey and Athletic Director Cynthia McBride had a student’s grades changed last week.

According to the letter, the two officials directed a guidance counselor at the school to change a student-athlete’s grades from “failure due to absences” to passing grades.

Turner says Assistant Principal Jim Haynes has been named the school’s acting principal, pending an investigation.

Huskey was not available to talk to the television station Wednesday night, according to a woman who answered his phone. McBride could not be reached for comment.

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