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Douglass High School principal resigns; investigation to be turned over to Oklahoma County district attorney

Oklahoma City Public Schools officials said an investigation into of grade-fixing is complete and the results have been turned over to state and federal education officials and the Oklahoma County district attorney's office.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: October 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm •  Published: October 24, 2012

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.

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