SOCORRO — The Socorro Independent School District has decided to launch an investigation to try and determine if cheating took place in their schools. That decision was made at Tuesday night's board meeting. The district has not received any allegations of wrongdoing, but a former Socorro principal was recently implicated in a cheating scheme in the San Elizario Independent School District. Antonio Baca worked in Socorro for more than 20 years before accepting a job in the San Elizario ISD.
"If the review finds individuals in our school district intentionally cheated the system, those individuals have no place to be in our school district. They will no longer be employed in our school district. We're here to make decisions in the best interest of our students" said Socorro Superintendent Jose Espinoza.
The audit is being conducted by Pam Padilla, a former Canutillo Superintendent. Padilla also conducted the audit in San Elizario. The district expects to receive the results in six to eight weeks.