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SISD administrators placed on leave return to work Wednesday

By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas - A Houston law firm found no widespread cheating or malicious intent to cheat the system in an investigation of Socorro Independent School District.

Four administrators who had been placed on administrative leave were cleared of any wrong doing.

Assistant superintendent for Administrative Services; Pat O'Neil, assistant superintendent for Elementary Education; Rebecca O'Neil, assistant superintendent for Secondary Curriculum and Instruction; Cynthia Lopez and director of Special Education Secondary Staffing; Holly Fields will be returning to work Wednesday.

The investigation followed an audit released in August.

It showed students being moved to different grade levels with no explanation. "It's been a long time. I think it started in February. Now we can focus on moving our district forward. We whole intention of us doing this review was to be proactive, and now we can ensure our community, our parents, our students, all of our stakeholder in the Socorro Independent School District that it was not a widespread effort," said district Superintendent Dr. Jose Espinoza. 

SISD will send the full report to the FBI, TEA and U.S.Department of Education.

The district has plans to hire a district auditor.



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