B.E.S.T Academy High School Principal Resigns After Bullying Allegations
Boris Hurst is now officially the former B.E.S.T Academy High School Principal after resigning over teacher allegations of wrongdoing.
B.E.S.T Academy High School's principal, Boris Hurst, has officially resigned his post after allegations of bullying teachers into cheating, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Boris Hurst had been the B.E.S.T academy principal since it first opened in 2010, but after complaints began to come in from teachers, he was removed from the school and put on leave in March 2012. According to the AJC, who saw the notice of charges signed by Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis, Hurst "ordered teachers to inflate students’ grades, berated teachers who questioned him, and issued warning letters to teachers with high failure rates."
Hurst's resignation came after a February 21st disciplinary hearing, in which APS' lawyers presented their case against the former principal. The charges included statements by teachers who said he,"ignored glaringly inappropriate grade changes and allowed almost all of the school’s inaugural freshman class to advance to the next grade level, regardless of whether the students learned the required material," reports the AJC.
Boris Hurst says he is not guilty of these allegations, and told the AJC that his resignation is not an admission of guilt.
Currently, the interim principal is Principal Gary Cantrell, who was a former teacher at Douglass High for 6 years and most recently the Assistant Principal at Therrell High School. B.E.S.T stands for Business, Engineering, Science, and Technology. According to their website, The Academy is an all boys school that, "strives to significantly shape its students into well-rounded young men who are prepared to meet current and future demands that are inevitable in an ever-changing global society."
B.E.S.T. Academy High School Creed
We are the scholars of B.E.S.T Academy High School where we enter determined and exit prepared to lead in an ever-changing society.
We believe in ourselves and in each other.
We believe we are the B.E.S.T. not because we say it,
but because we work hard at it.
We are college bound and are accountable for our future.
We do not waver when we are faced with obstacles.
We do not succumb to mediocrity, uncertainty, or fear.
We never fail because we never give up.
We are excellent in everything we do.
We are young men of character who live honestly, honorably, and non-violently. We have a responsibility to ourselves, our families, and community to be the B.E.S.T. we can be.
We are B.E.S.T.