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Peekskill Schools Reassign 4 Guidance Counselors for Sketchy Transcripts

Peekskill school officials are investigating discrepancies in a small number of transcripts of students at risk of not graudating.

Peekskill city schools have announced that three guidance counselors from the high school and one middle guidance counselor have been placed on a paid administrative reassignment due to irregularities in a small amount of student transcripts.

School Superintendent James Willis said the matter was brought to his attention by high school Principal Fred Hutchinson, who noticed the irregularities. The discrepancies affect a small number of current students at risk of not completion graduation requirements.

"This is obviously, an evolving story that we have not fully concluded investigating," Willis said in letter sent out by the school district. "I recognize that this may be frustrating, and all I can promise is that we will work as quickly as possible to resolve the situation and communicate details with our residents."

 Willis said the New York State Education Department was notified and is working with the school district to investigate the matter. He declined to reveal further details about the guidance counselors' roles in the incident, but said 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 filling in until more guidance counselors have been hired.

A copy of the letter Willis sent out explaining the situation is attached to this story. 

leesther brown January 11, 2013 at 02:02 AM
I ain't surprised..they just catching on that's all,this has been going on for years...It's a "GOT DAMN" shame!! Peekskill needs this new blemish like a duck needs boots...Now maybe the State will look into the last school election as well,matter of fact they need to keep digging..If I've said it once I've said it a million times.."Corrupt from the halls of education right down to laws of our cement"..#fishrotsfromthehead...
hunter for life January 11, 2013 at 02:26 AM
amen . ... Mrs Brown ...goin on for a long tiime !!! MMMMMMM........ it took a prinicpal with A a Balls . to speak up !!!!!!!
leesther brown January 11, 2013 at 03:36 AM
@hunter with the help of the "corruptoCrats" locally and up in Albany they will try and spin this to make it appear as an isolated instance...On a real tip they need to suspend the entire school board and an immediate State Take over is in order,and when they finish up at the school district they need to come on down the road to City Hall....#bunchofthieves....
john basic January 11, 2013 at 04:25 AM
it will be ineresting to see what the facts actually are and if this was just sop for teachers to change grades, (if that is what happened). This may be the tip of an iceberg,,,,
Wendy Kelly January 11, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Goes on in every school district just that Peekskill has a higher rate of kids in that gray area that may not graduate. So the chances of getting caught are greater. Back in my day, they attempted not allowing kids to graduate if they didn't wear the one piece gym bloomers. Guess who was on that list? Yup yours truly! Imagine Paid Administrative Leave??? RIDICULOUS!!! Now how much do you think it will cost us taxpayers? It is double pay plus benefits because they will be paying a salary to the new guidance counselors too.
leesther brown January 11, 2013 at 03:16 PM
The biggest mistake the district made was closing the alternative school,while I agree with Wendy all schools do it, had they kept that program those"few" that were in danger now of not graduating would have had a chance,and the guidance counselors would not have felt the need to "cheat" in order to live up to that false image our former supt put out there.
Cremlock Dregs January 11, 2013 at 03:50 PM
These youths don't need "guidance". They need hardcore discipline, a belt, an attitude readjustment and some Strunk & White.
shakemdown January 12, 2013 at 04:58 AM
and to think that the board voted to give her $50,000 bonus when she decided to put her paperwork in to resign, because she stated that she was leaving and was going to retire, but i see now that she is the superintendent in mt. vernon. SO MUCH FOR RETIREMENT, or was it that she wanted to get out of dodge city before shit hit the fan.
leesther brown January 12, 2013 at 02:11 PM
@shakemdown..Look! I don't want this to get this twisted,this has been going on for decades....the problem is when this "Clintonite" came to Peekskill she had a formula that was going to turn the district into an above standard performance..she did none of that instead she closes the alternative school..#mixtamperinganddiluting..and now that mix has "Curdled" and this outgoing Q&A is a total lie..http://peekskill.patch.com/articles/q-a-with-judith-johnson-outgoing-school-superintendent...the entire community should be in an uproar,and if it's true they gave her $50 large for this lie(I missed that one)..she needs to give it back and the Board members need to be reassigned as well..#getup....#you'llknowwhoy'allare... shakem' each and every able bodied community member needs to be front and center at the next school board mtg..#ain'tnofutureinfrontin'
Stacie Malik January 12, 2013 at 03:36 PM
This is going to open a whole can of worms that the district isn't prepared to deal with. Other school districts have done the same or similar (inflating grades so kids are more likely to enter Ivy league schools) but the question on people's minds is, how far back does this go? They haven't released any names so it's a sit and wait game.
sayitsnotsojack January 12, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Once again we are seeing just how terrible our education system has gotten, it is full of over paid, underworked, under performing people whose only reason for being there is to collect unbelievable defined pensions, free health plans, and only having to work 185 days a year. It is full of a good ole club mentality, where everyone is making sure he or she gets his or hers. That is why there is such a outcry about finally taking a very small step in these teacher evaluations, which should not end with teachers as the administrators are even worse.
leesther brown January 12, 2013 at 06:58 PM
@Stacie....Like I stated previously I'm sure it goes way back,but I too want to know who is involved as Johnson stated in her Q&A.. Q: What are some of your beliefs that you try to instill in the teachers of your district? Well I have probably personally hired over half the staff in these last 9 years or so. These teachers were committed to coming to work every day, recognizing the district goals and being accountable for reaching these goals. Otherwise, they didn't get past my door......#youcan'tfoolallofthepeopleallofthetime...
Ron Reagan January 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Seems like everything in Peekskill is bad. Smh..
jjca April 10, 2013 at 01:53 PM
I don't see what the guidance counselors, or teachers would have to gain if Dick or Jane didn't graduate. I think this comes from higher up, they want to increase a poor graduation rate, and make it look like they have improved the drop out rate for the school....

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