Schools chief resigns over grade-fixing scandal for NCAA scholarship

Joe Cipp, Jr. resigned Wednesday as superintendent of the South Country Central School District in Long Island over an alleged grade-fixing scandal that earned a former student an NCAA scholarship to Syracuse University, the Huffington Post reports. Cipp’s resignation follows a months-long investigation into allegations that he had pressured Bellport High School officials to inflate all-state lineman Ryan Sloan’s math grades so the student would be eligible for a full athletic scholarship to $52,000-a-year Syracuse. Former Bellport Principal Kevin O’Connell claimed he was fired after refusing to alter Sloan’s scores. In a deposition, O’Connell said Sloan’s senior algebra grade was later changed from an F to a D, and his sophomore algebra and junior geometry grades were changed from Ds to Cs, the New York Post reported in December. Cipp was Sloan’s football coach at the time…

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