Criminal charges will not be sought at this time against former Beaufort High School Principal Dan Durbin. Durbin resigned early this spring after admitting to changing students’ grades.
After reviewing the SLED investigation into alleged grade changing at the high school, Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone says there is not sufficient evidence to support any criminal charges.
In his letter to SLED, Stone says, although Dr. Durbin did not follow the Beaufort County School District’s policies and procedures, there is not evidence that he did it maliciously or that he tried to hide it.
“In many cases, there is some evidence that Dr. Durbin changed the grades in question after consulting with various faculty members, but in other cases he made unilateral decisions. There was insufficient record-keeping as to who was consulted for each instance and why the changes were necessary. Thus, it appears Dr. Durbin did not follow the school district’s policies and procedures,” Stone wrote.
But he concluded that “There is no evidence of any kind, however, to suggest that Dr. Durbin received any financial benefit for these changes or that he engaged in this behavior with malicious intent.”
Durbin previously said he changed the grades to help encourage the students to stay in school and eventually graduate. A school district spokesman said the grades have since been changed back.
Tom Hayes contributed to this report.