Education

Former principal could lose license in grade-changing scandal

Posted May 14, 2010 3:10 p.m. EDT
Updated May 14, 2010 3:43 p.m. EDT

— A grade-changing scandal that rocked the North Carolina high school football playoffs in December affected more than 30 students, including four athletes, Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Frank Till Jr. said Friday.

Diane Antolak resigned as principal at Fayetteville's Terry Sanford High School in March after a four-month suspension during an investigation into allegations that she changed the grades of a football player.

The football team was forced to forfeit its nine regular-season wins after the school reported the use of the ineligible player, and the team played in the first round of the 4-A playoffs only after a court challenge. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association voided the team's victory, ending its season.

The investigation into Antolak's actions revealed she tampered with the transcripts of an additional 28 students, Till said.

Antolak was meeting Friday with the state Advisory Committee on Teacher Ethics, which will decide whether to reprimand her or to suspend her license to teach in North Carolina. 

The committee's recommendation, expected next week, will be passed on to state Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson for her approval. Atkinson will inform Antolak of her decision by letter, said a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Instruction.