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Forest Hills superintendent quits amid allegations

Dallas Jackson (PHOTO: Forest Hills School District) Dallas Jackson (PHOTO: Forest Hills School District)

Superintendent Dallas Jackson will step down amid allegations that he attempted to throw out test results taken by Turpin High School students, including his own son's, Forest Hills school board members announced Monday.

The resignation comes after a third-party investigator looked into the allegations last week.

The details of the separation agreement will be finalized "in the near future," school board members said, adding that they want to appoint an interim superintendent quickly.

According to the investigator, David P. Kamp, 44 percent of the pre-calculus honors class, including Jackson's son, failed a mid-term exam.

The investigation shows Jackson told Turpin High School Principal, Peggy Johnson, that he was not happy with the way Johnson was handling the test grades. Johnson and the two pre-calculus teachers planned to mitigate the exam scores by providing each student the opportunity for extra credit.

In a statement by the Forest Hills Board of Education, the search for a permanent superintendent will be thorough and with input from the Forest Hills' community.

Below is the full statement:

The Forest Hills Board of Education and Dr. Dallas Jackson, superintendent, believe that for the district and community to continue to move forward, as well as Dr. Jackson's family, he will step aside as superintendent. The details of a separation agreement have yet to be determined and will be finalized in the near future.

Our desire is to appoint an interim superintendent in an expeditious manner to allow us time to conduct a thorough search for a permanent superintendent with input from our community. Our dynamic leadership team will continue to direct our academic, curricular, and facility work as planned to maintain the excellence for which this district is known.

Forest Hills is a strong district in a strong community. We must continue to support each other and, most importantly, support and focus on the approximately 7,400 students of this district.

Randy Smith, Board of Education President

Tony Hemmelgarn, Board of Education Vice President

Julie Bissinger, Board Member

Jim Frooman, Board Member

Forest Heis, Board Member

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