School Board Chairman on Trezevant allegations: 'We take this seriously'

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Almost a week after Trezevant High School principal Ronnie Mackin resigned and left a 6-page letter full of accusations, the Shelby County School Board held a press conference.

School Board members stood together as they addressed the media and the allegations against Trezevant.

"Make sure my community understands that their children's education is my top priority," Board Member Stephanie Love said.

School Board Chairman Chris Caldwell said the board takes allegations such as those in the letter seriously and he is expecting to hold a special meeting Thursday. Caldwell said the board members met with legal counsel about the role of the board as the investigation moves forward.

Following the letter, it was announced an audit of all high school transcripts in SCS will be conducted. However, Caldwell would not comment on the extent of the audit or what the audit would actually cover.

"I fully support the audit of all the high school transcripts," Caldwell said. "I'm not really going to characterize how I feel about this."

Caldwell said he wanted to be fair to everyone involved.

"We want to get to the bottom of this. We take this seriously, and we want to be fair to everybody that's involved in this, because that's part of our country is giving people a chance and wait until you get all the facts and not rush to make a decision," Caldwell said.

Caldwell also said it was too premature to discuss how much the audit would cost the county.

Caldwell said his plan is to make sure any decisions made by the board are done in public.

"We want to do this in the public so board members have a chance for people to know what they feel about this," Caldwell said.

Caldwell said the special called meeting Thursday is the first step in making sure the public is involved in the process.

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