GBHS assistant principal accused of changing daughter’s grades

Gulf Breeze administrators are facing disciplinary action after allegedly changing the grades of the assistant principal’s daughter last school year.

Assistant Principal Tori Baker is being recommended for termination from employment with the district, according to letters submitted by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick for review by the Santa Rosa County School Board. Principal Danny Brothers also faces five days of unpaid suspension.

The School Board will hear the issue Sept. 24 during their regularly scheduled board meeting.

In a statement issued via text message, Wyrosdick said he will not discuss the allegations further until the school board has taken action.

“My office has been reviewing the actions of individuals at Gulf Breeze High School. This review constituted a thorough examination of an allegation a student’s grade was changed without proper use of the Gulf Breeze High School grade change policy,” he wrote. “As a result of this review, I have made recommendations for action toward Principal Danny Brothers and Assistant Principal Tori Baker. The board will address my recommendation on Oct. 10.”

According to the letters sent to the board, on June 6 Baker changed the grades on several of her daughter’s assignments in the first, second and third nine-weeks of the previous school year. These changes resulted in the student’s class ranking being bumped up from seventh to second.
The letter alleges Baker made these changes without consulting the teachers in violation of school policy and Florida statute.

“At no time did you communicate with the teacher regarding the student’s (your daughter) request for a grade change or to verify with the teacher what the student stated to you concerning communication regarding the grade change,” Wyrosdick wrote in an official letter to Baker.

Brothers was allegedly approached by a teacher with concerns that the student had asked the teacher about changing her grade. The teacher stated they were “uncomfortable” with the request due to the student being the child of an administrator.

“You failed to prevent a conflict of interest by not directing the Assistant Principal to not handle the grade change issue since it involved their child,” Wyrosdick wrote in one of the letters.

Both administrators have 15 days from Sept. 18 to request a hearing regarding the findings and recommendations of the reviews.

The Sept. 24 school board meeting, in which both recommendations will be heard, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Woodlawn Beach Middle School.

This is a developing story, and more information will be shared as it becomes available.

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