Search Warrants Served on Columbus City Schools
Updated: Thursday, May 2 2013, 07:54 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Kellie Hanna) — Search warrants are being served at a number of Columbus City Schools Thursday morning.
State Auditor Dave Yost’s office has confirmed these are sealed warrants and they are for school records.
A spokesman would not confirm exactly which schools are involved or how many warrants are being served.
Columbus City Schools has been the focus of an on-going investigation into data doctoring.
The Auditor has said attendance records were changed in order to improve school report cards.
The CCS investigation is not expected to be complete, according to Yost, until the end of summer.
Jeff Warner, the spokesperson for the Columbus City Schools, says they are cooperating with the investigation and working with legal counsel.
Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris says she is not going to comment now.
This is the written statement from the Columbus City Schools:
May 2, 2013 - Columbus City Schools can confirm that search warrants have been served on several CCS schools asking for student records. The District and our schools are fully cooperating with authorities seeking these records.
Since the outset of the attendance investigation Columbus City Schools has fully cooperated with both internal and external investigating authorities. It was the District's Superintendent that asked the Auditor of State to conduct an investigation in August, 2011. The Auditor declined that request at the time and the District's Internal Auditor undertook an internal inquiry. In June, 2012, the Superintendent renewed the request that the Auditor commence an investigation and the Auditor then agreed to do so. During the ten months since the Auditor of State began conducting its investigation, the District has made hundreds, if not thousands, of student records of the same type sought by these search warrants available to the Auditor of State.
The District has cooperated fully with the investigation since it began, and the District will continue to do so.