Douglass principal resigns after school investigation

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The state's largest school district announced one of its principals resigned amid allegations of a grading scandal.

Dr. Brian Staples is accused of changing students' grades in order to make his particular school look better.

In a late afternoon meeting Wednesday, Oklahoma City Public Schools officials announced the resignation of Dr. Brian Staples.
This comes after a four month investigation into whether he had falsified grades.
It started back in June and Staples has been on administrative leave for the past two weeks.
The school district hired an outside attorney to handle the investigation.
"We are also notifying the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association that our investigation did not find any infractions that would affect athletic eligibility at Douglas Mid-High School," Springer said.
In the meantime, until Staples' position is filled, the district has hired three additional faculty members to take on Staples' duties.
New to the payroll, an interim principal, an academic consultant and a middle school dean of students.
The district issued this response to hiring three people to take do the job of one:
"This has been a difficult time for the students, staff, parents and alumni of Douglass. These positions are temporary and are needed to ensure the school finishes strong and the academic needs of students are met."
Although Principal Staples turned in his resignation, it doesn't take effect until the middle of November.


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