Perkins Announces Resignation Day Before Auditor Briefing

Columbus City Schools Audit and Accountability Committee met in July of 212 to discuss the on-going investigation into attendance data tampering. District Internal Auditor Carolyn Smith (right) accused then-board-president Carol Perkins (left) with pressuring her to wrap up the probe.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News)
Columbus City Schools Audit and Accountability Committee met in July of 212 to discuss the on-going investigation into attendance data tampering. District Internal Auditor Carolyn Smith (right) accused then-board-president Carol Perkins (left) with pressuring her to wrap up the probe.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News)

As Columbus school board members prepare to see the results of a year-and-a-half long investigation into alleged attendance and data rigging in the district, the board’s former president says she’s resigning.

Long-time board member Carol Perkins said late Tuesday that she’s stepping down to spend more time with her family. Board president Gary Baker says the board has known for some time that Perkins was considering retirement.

“Carol’s decision to retire was entirely her own,” Baker says. “I know that she has thought for some time about retiring to spend more time with her family.”

Neither Perkins nor any other board members have been implicated into the data scrubbing investigation, although a former district auditor accused Perkins of pushing her to wrap up her investigation.

District leaders will be briefed on the results of the investigation Wednesday morning, and a report is expected to be made public in the final week of January.

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