Former CCS Superintendent Testifies At Principal's Firing Hearing


UPDATED: Friday August 8, 2014 6:48 PM

At a hearing to determine whether to fire a principal, retired Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris was asked if data-changing was a practice in the school system.

Harris, who retired in 2013, was called to testify Friday at the hearing for Tiffany Chavers. CCS officials are looking to fire Chavers for changing records at Linden McKinley High School. A hearing has been going on all week to determine whether Chavers can be dismissed.

Harris maintained that she only found out about the data-scrubbing practices in 2012. At that time, she says she ordered it to stop.

Harris announced her retirement in late 2012 and left in 2013.

Steve Tankovich, a former CCS employee,  pleaded no contest last week to felony charges of tampering with records.

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