Rumors regarding the status of KIPP Schools' academic probation have been greatly exaggerated in the social media, according to sources close to the school.
Transcript errors led to the Arkansas Department of Education placing KIPP on academic probation reports Executive Director Scott Shirey.
“KIPP Delta fell short of the high standards we set for ourselves,” he said. “Some of our high school seniors in the Class of 2012 did not receive a required fine arts or health credit.”
School officials report that the problem has already been fixed and does not affect the Class of 2013 or the Class of 2014.
“While we are disappointed with the outcome of our standards review, we will learn from our mistakes and continue to work to improve our program,” said Shirey. “It is also important to note that the mistake has not impacted our students or our students' performance.”
Shirey stressed that 92 percent of the Class of 2012 is either enrolled in college or the military. KIPP's college-going tradition is continuing in the Class of 2013 with 95 percent planning to attend a college or university. Collectively, continued Shirey, the Class of 2013 earned nearly $1.4 million in scholarships.
The Helena World could not turn up any evidence to substantiate reports on a local website that guns and drugs were allegedly found on the school premises. Reportedly, a student supposedly stated they thought a specific student might have brought a gun on campus as the result of a conversation they reportedly overheard.
Police were reportedly called. The entire campus and student were searched and no gun was found.