Testing irregularities probed at Edgecombe high school

Posted December 15, 2010 2:34 p.m. EST
Updated December 16, 2010 10:56 a.m. EST

— A teacher at SouthWest Edgecombe High School has resigned, and the school's principal and testing coordinator were suspended as part of an investigation into inappropriate testing procedures at the school, Edgecombe County Public Schools officials said Wednesday.

Principal John Westberg has been placed on suspension with pay pending the outcome of the district's investigation, and the testing coordinator, whose name wasn't released, was suspended for 10 days without pay, officials said.

"Mr. Westberg will remain off campus during our investigation. We felt this would create an open environment for candid discussions,” Superintendent Wayne Talley said in a statement.

The testing irregularities came at the end of the summer school session, officials said. Administrators have been investigating the situation for several weeks, interviewing the summer school principal, teachers and students who were on campus during the session.

No other details were released.

Assistant Principal Douglas Edwards is temporarily in charge of SouthWest Edgecombe High.

"We will work hard to resolve all issues and concerns at SouthWest as soon as possible so we can all move forward with a successful school year,” Talley said.

Westberg has been principal at SouthWest Edgecombe High since July 2009. The school has about 950 students.