Harrisburg concludes grading probe, announces staff changes

Harrisburg

Harrisburg School District administrators announced Monday that they have concluded an internal investigation into grading.

Chief academic officer Jaimie Foster said the investigation involved the grading policy introduced for the 2017-2018 school year.

“We discovered there have been some inconsistencies with those procedures,” Foster said.

Administrators would not go into details but said the investigation did not include a 50-percent policy that requires all students receive at least a 50 percent on their report card.

Administrators also announced that John Harris High School principal Lisa Love accepted a new position as one of the academic officers at the high school. Foster said the staffing change was not a result of the grade investigation.

The district still declined to comment on whether Love was placed on administrative leave over the summer.

SciTech principal Dr. Sieta Achampong has been named the “principal on assignment” at John Harris.

“When you put your best with your most neediest, it makes good sense. Even though it won’t be long term, just having her presence there and her leadership will definitely have an impact,” superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney said.

The district also announced it is launching a campaign to improve attendance. The slogan is  Attend school all day, every day. Your education matters.”

The campaign will include billboards and a social media campaign.

Attendance has been an ongoing problem for the district.

Students return to John Harris on Aug. 20.

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