MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tennessee Department of Education hired an independent auditor to review all Shelby County schools.
The announcement of the review comes days after Trezevant High School principal Ronnie Mackin resigned, citing grade discrepancies and security breaches among his complaints against SCS.
The department said the audit came after months of communication with SCS that led to some personnel being dismissed.
"This is my school. I graduated from here. I love Trezevant," parent Jarvis Owens said.
TDOE officials said the auditor's timeline will hinge on the scope of the work needed.
Tennessee Department of Education also said it has been in "ongoing communication" with SCS about the situation for the last few months as they "reviewed and dismissed personnel."
TDOE said the decision to get an outside, independent auditor was a mutual decision and the result of the nature of the audit.
"Kids can't change the grades, only teachers can do that and if teachers did that, they were wrong," Owens said.
Owens graduated from Trezevant High School in 1989 and now his teenager attends the high school. He wants SCS administrators to dig deep into the grading discrepancies, but does not want it to have a negative impact on the students.
"How far are you going to go back? Are you going to cost everyone their school year," Owens wanted to know.
Shelby County Schools released the following statement regarding the audit: