Burges HS principal investigation connects to EPISD cheating scandal

Principals for Austin, El Paso also reportedly removed

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 5:16pm

EL PASO — Burges High school was in the spotlight Wednesday with reports surrounding Randall Wood, the school's principal.

School officials told Local 4 News that the principal had not been fired from his position however he was under review as part of Lorenzo Garcia cheating scandal.

Two other El Paso Independent School District principals rumored to have been removed were Austin High school principal John Tanner and El Paso High school principal Kristine Ferret.

EPISD interim superintendent Vernon Butler released a statement that vaguely addressed but did not confirm the rumors. It did not name any schools or employees:

"This has been an exceedingly difficult time for everyone in the El Paso Independent School District. The prolonged negative attention on our District has been unfortunately overshadowing much of the outstanding work by our students, teachers, staff and administrators.

However, our work has not yet been concluded. We have a responsibility to our District, students, parents, community, Congressman, State Senator, County Judge, City Council representatives, TEA, EPISD Task Force, the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and the Commissioner of Education to follow through with consequences stemming from the illegal actions of the former superintendent.

Commissioner Williams stated that EPISD must act against employees who participated in the cheating. He and many of our elected officials also have criticized the District for not moving quickly enough. I want to assure you that the District is making the necessary changes to move forward.

Individuals affected will go through the proper personnel procedure and face the appropriate action. However, out of respect for those individuals and the process, the District will not provide further comment at this time."

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