The principal accused of fixing grades and hiding absences at Douglass Mid-High School resigned Wednesday.
Brian Staples was suspended with pay two weeks ago. His resignation will go into effect Nov. 15, a date agreed upon by Staples and district officials.
Staples could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Superintendent Karl Springer declined to say the results of the four-month investigation, citing laws governing personnel issues.
“This situation has been extremely difficult for the students, staff and Douglass community,” Springer said. “It has been difficult for us as well. ... It’s time for us to continue the focus on the students of Douglass Mid-High and to really work to improve the issues associated with the school.”
Springer said the investigation will be given to the U.S. Department of Education, the state Education Department and the Oklahoma County district attorney.
Springer said district officials are also reporting their findings to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The investigation didn’t find anything that would affect student eligibility to participate in school activities, he said.
A team of three administrators is now running Douglass, located at 900 Martin Luther King Ave.
“Douglass Mid-High School has a strong, rich tradition, and we will maintain the integrity of this great school,” Springer said. “I am confident, because of the steps we are taking, that Douglass will emerge stronger.”
A group of former teachers and students, along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, first brought the allegations against Staples to the Oklahoma City School Board in June.
Allegations include hiding absences, giving students credit for classes they didn’t take and changing failing grades to passing ones.
The district hired an independent attorney to investigate the claims.
Earlier this month, officials confirmed that complaints against Staples were filed with the U.S. Department of Education. A spokeswoman said the Office of Inspector General is reviewing the allegations.