Cheating Scandal uncovered at RHS; Single staff member implicated in falsifying grades, credits; Implications are far-reaching

“Cheating is a cardinal sin in education, it’s frustrating and I’m just sick about,” said Riverton Schools Superintendent Terry Snyder after acknowledging Tuesday that a Riverton High School staff member allegedly altered class scores and gave students credit they did not deserve. The problem came to light two weeks ago. “We are still investigating the full extent of the situation,” Snyder said. “but this is something that effects grade point averages, class rank, scholarship eligibility, activities eligibility and graduation. It’s a mess.” Snyder said he is following district policy on the status of the teacher. “One staff member is being dealt with as a personnel matter,” he said, not divulging the name of the teacher, who oversaw computer-based courses on multiple subjects at RHS. “We cannot tolerate anything that is not honest or not done with integrity,” Snyder said. “My main concern is how this is impacting the students involved. We have to make it right.” The superintendent said parents and students who attended the classes where the staff cheating is alleged to have taken place have been informed about the investigation, “and most understand,” he said. “As a school district, we cannot give grades or credits that are inaccurate. We now need to take care of the students, it was not their error, they were the victim of an employee.” Snyder said the students would have to re-take those classes involved to get accurate grades and credit. “The action of one employee has the staff distraught and disappointed,” he said. Snyder said he did not yet know how many students are impacted, “that’s what the investigation will reveal.” He also said he did not know how long the investigation would take or how long the practice of giving false grades and credit had been occurring. “We’re looking at everything, it could be awhile.” He said it is not known at this time if the scandal would impact any student’s graduation status, or any student who had graduated. Due to personnel rules, Snyder could not disclose what punitive action has been taken against the unnamed staff member, although County 10 has learned that the teacher is no longer at the high school. “After the investigation I will have to take a recommendation to the school board,” he said. #county10 #news