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Investigation into Terry Sanford grade changes complete; principal resigns

Posted March 8, 2010 2:24 p.m. EST
Updated March 8, 2010 3:18 p.m. EST

— The principal at Terry Sanford High School has resigned following an investigation into grade changes and athletic eligibility at the school, Cumberland County Schools said Monday.

Principal Diane Antolak’s resignation was accepted on Friday, according to a press release.

Antolak was suspended with pay in November while Cumberland County Schools investigated her for possibly tampering with a transcript. As a result of that investigation, information came to light about a player on the football team who was found to be ineligible, according to Cumberland County Schools.

The football team was forced to forfeit its nine regular-season wins after the school reported the use of the ineligible player. Despite the decision from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, an attorney representing some of the players was able to win a temporary injunction allowing the team to play in the first round of the 4-A playoffs.

Superior Court Judge Jack Thompson, a 1959 graduate of Fayetteville High School, the forerunner to Terry Sanford High, later upheld the NCHSAA's ruling negating the team's playoff win.

The school’s acting principal, Mindy Vickers, and guidance counselors will be contacted to correct individual student situations over the coming week, officials said Monday.

Cumberland County Schools is preparing a report for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

No further athletic eligibility issues need to be addressed, officials said.