Whitehall places principal on leave amid 'serious concerns'

Mark Mulholland
Updated: January 27, 2020 07:01 PM
Created: January 27, 2020 05:51 PM

WHITEHALL - High School Principal Brian "Jeff" Keller has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately.


Whitehall School Superintendent Patrick Dee sent a letter to parents Monday afternoon telling them that he began an investigation late last week into allegations but he couldn't offer them much information.

Dee writes that he contacted the NY State Education Department and the superintendent of BOCES and began an "immediate investigation" into "serious concerns."

The superintendent apologized to parents for not being able to share more, but wrote that Keller is suspended immediately and the vice principal is in charge of the building.

Two sources within the Whitehall community tell NewsChannel 13 that the investigation centers around irregularities in scores on state tests.

The school isn't commenting about that, and the state Education Department had this to say via email late Monday afternoon.

"The security and integrity of New York State assessments is of utmost importance. The Department's policy, however, is to not comment on allegations of testing irregularities that may have been received, unless they're verified through investigation."

If the investigation finds there were irregularities related to state tests, it will be the second time Whitehall has dealt with that. In 2016, the district's English test scores were thrown out because the school made copies of the test booklets.

Dee went on to write that they expect to conduct a search for an interim principal "in the very near future."

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