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Male High principal sidesteps talk of investigation at public meeting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Male High School Principal David Mike declined to say anything about the cheating allegations enveloping the school during a public meeting on Monday, despite prodding from a member of the school's Site Based Decision Making Council and a roomful of agitated teachers and parents.

WDRB reported Sunday that several students say they were helped, or witnessed their peers being helped, on a standardized test called ACT Compass. Three of the students told WDRB that Mike suggested they not say anything about the help when investigators came to the school last year.

SBDM member Ben Wyman, a Male parent, said the allegations create credibility problems for Mike.

"Knowing these allegations are out there -- it presents a personal issue in that, now, sitting around this table with you, I tend not to trust what you are saying," Wyman told Mike, drawing thunderous applause from dozens of people packed into Male's library.

In declining to respond, Mike cited the investigation in progress by the Kentucky Department of Education.

"There is an investigation going on right now that's open. We are not allowed to comment until after the investigation," Mike said.

The room was both physically and metaphorically over-heated during the two-and-a-half-hour meeting as teachers and parents tried to pry information out of Mike regarding the investigation and staffing decisions for the upcoming school year.

"Why isn't JCPS investigating this?" called out Jill Ford, a Male parent, from the back of the packed room -- referring to the ACT Compass matter.

As WDRB reported Sunday, JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey said the school system doesn't know about the validity of the allegations and is looking to the KDE investigation to conclude.

Only two other members of the committee, which has about a dozen, said anything about allegations. Both said they are waiting for the investigation to provide answers.

SBDM member Leah Richards, a history teacher at Male, said she's "disheartened to see our school in the news, in this light... I hope it is resolved quickly and we all get some answers."

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