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Peekskill School Officials: 34 Students Affected by Irregular Transcripts

Peekskill school officials said their preliminary investigation found that students were being awarded credits for a course that didn’t exist.


Peekskill schools Superintendent James Willis issued an update on the district's investigation into irregularities that were found in a small number of student transcripts earlier today.

The preliminary investigation showed that 34 students scheduled to graduate this year had a class credit on their transcripts for a work study course that the district had discontinued a year ago, Willis said. The district also found a small number of cases in which a course credit was handed out to students inappropriately.

The students and their families were notified last week and individual conferences are being scheduled before Jan. 28, which is the start of the second semester.

The district announced its investigation more than a week ago. As a result, three guidance counselors from the high school and one middle school guidance counselor were placed on a paid administrative reassignment while the transcripts were being probed.

Some of the students affected will not be impacted by the investigation, while others may be required to complete additional course work in order to graduate this year. A third group of students will need to take classes in the summer in order to graduate.

The district is currently in the process of recruiting and hiring additional guidance counselors to fill in the gap. An assistant high school principal and other school support staff are assisting until more guidance counselors have been hired.

Patty Villanova January 22, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Isn't this known as "affirmative action?"
elizabeth January 22, 2013 at 08:33 PM
probably the students who are the top athletes
sayitsnotsojack January 22, 2013 at 09:12 PM
And who said that mega million dollar middle school was not worth it?
FYI January 23, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Who said that $75 million a year for our outstanding schools (performing well below median level in New York State) isn't money well spent? And while the administration is busy pointing fingers at the counselors, how is it the students have escaped guilt? Or their parents? Or is it just a Lance Armstrong generation now? You're only as guilty as someone else discovers you are? Wonder if any college students are sweating bullets if they too, are discovered to have scammed the system.
Leslie Lawler January 23, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Hey FYI, do me a favor and get your facts straight before you spew such nonsense. Students escaping guilt? Are you kidding me? These so-called professionally-licensed adults, who are supposed to providing GUIDANCE to MINORS have crossed about every single line imaginable. This is such a tragic and pathetic situation and you have no clue what you're babbling about. These are KIDS who sought guidance and direction from ADULTS -- ADULTS who, for reasons that I as a parent, just can't comprehend and accept, FAILED these kids. I've got plenty to say about that guidance department....I wasn't impressed in the least when my son graduated a few years ago. Stick to what you know Mrs. Lincoln.
john basic January 23, 2013 at 01:13 AM
but.. did someone order the guidance conselors to adjust the transcripts? There is more to the story I think,,,
Leslie Lawler January 23, 2013 at 01:31 AM
To that, John Basic, I will agree. I believe there's more to this story with many more players involved.
Valerie January 23, 2013 at 09:58 PM
yes there is more to the story...who is at the top advising the couselors?
leesther brown January 24, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Fish Rots From The Head....#thatsitthatsall..

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