B.C. school administrator fails trust test (Legal view)

Serious misconduct for secretly raising son's marks
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/20/2011

A school district had just cause to fire a high school administrator who tampered with her son’s test results, the B.C. Arbitration Board has ruled.

The administrator was one of three support staff who worked in the office at the Duncan, B.C., high school. She prepared report cards, performed data entry and ran answer sheets from class tests through a machine that calculated the results. The answer sheets featured circles that students filled in according to their choice for each question, which the machine scanned and tabulated. The administrator’s computer was the only one in the office with the software to operate the machine.

The administrator was hired in 2008. Her son attended the school in the 2009-10 school year. The son was a good student but put a lot of pressure on himself and his mother was concerned about his stress levels. She emailed his teachers on Jan. 14, 2010, saying he was overwhelmed and she was trying to help him out.