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Published on April 16, 2024
Teacher Suspended, Principal Resigns Amid Grade Manipulation Probe at Clinton High School in Anderson CountySource: Google Street View

The halls of Clinton High School are echoing with more than just the sounds of students this week as an investigation unfolds into allegations of grade manipulation involving a teacher and an administrator. Anderson County Schools (ACS) announced the probe on their Facebook account, revealing that at least one student's records may have been altered to meet graduation requirements.

This academic scandal has already seen the suspension of a teacher and the resignation of Clinton High School's principal. The disturbance in the school's hierarchy has quickly put Amanda Powers, the school's assistant principal, in the position of Interim Head Principal. The shuffling of administration is only one piece of the puzzle as ACS, in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Education, works to unravel the full extent of the issue.

According to WVLT, the teacher involved in the scandal remains on suspension, while the administration has accepted the resignation of the unnamed administrator. Dan Jenkins, the school's former principal, had resigned as the investigation took shape. Jenkins, with a 19-year history in the district, served in numerous roles before his resignation, including teaching social studies and coaching sports as reported by WBIR.

Details on the manipulation claims remain sparse as the review of confidential student records is ongoing. "Anderson County Schools continues to investigate this situation, and remains in communication with the Tennessee Department of Education regarding the same," an ACS statement obtained by WBIR read. It is promised that a full report will be delivered to officials, parents, and community members in a future Anderson County Board of Education meeting.

Meanwhile, Parrott has expressed his full faith and confidence in Powers, calling her "an experienced educator and administrator," per ACS's Facebook post, as mentioned by WATE. As the school community awaits answers, Powers is tasked with the challenging role of guiding Clinton High School through the remainder of a tumultuous academic year. The findings of the investigation will likely cast a long shadow over the school's reputation, one that Powers and the rest of the Clinton High School community will have to work diligently to outpace.