Beaufort H.S. principal resigns after allegedly changing grades

Dan Durbin (Source: Beaufort High School website)
Dan Durbin (Source: Beaufort High School website)

By Jaime Dailey, Lowcountry Reporter - bio | email

The principal of Beaufort High School turned in his resignation on Thursday. The Beaufort County School District said that an external investigation discovered that Durbin had made 200 grade changes affecting 33 students.

Durbin plans to officially resign Friday. He said Thursday that he didn't follow the proper procedures for entering data for school records and that he understood he didn't follow the rules and knew he needed to pay the consequences.

Earlier in February, a Beaufort High School teacher came to the Beaufort County School District with concerns that Durbin was changing students' grades, according to the district. The district immediately started an internal investigation. Based on those findings, an external investigation was conducted. During that investigation, they found that Durbin had made 200 grade changes affecting 33 students, according to the school district.

Durbin accepted full responsibility for making the grade changes and explained his reasoning behind it and offered to resign, according to the district.

Terry Bennett will serve as the interim principal until a search for Durbin's replacement has been complete.

Durbin said he loves the school, the kids, and he want to do what's best for them.

Beaufort High School students tried to hold a rally Thursday morning at the school in support of Durbin. Students said Durbin told them he appreciated their support and asked them to go inside. He told them he wanted his last two days to be peaceful.

On Thursday afternoon, more than a dozen students went to the Beaufort County School District Office to show their support for the principal. They decorated their cars and had signs. At least of one of them brought a letter to district office expressing her support.

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