Posted: 10:25 pm Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

School District: Forest Hill football “will not be affected” by transcript scandal 

By Jeff Greer

The Palm Beach County School District on Tuesday night released the findings of its investigation into alleged transcript forger Michael Dudeck and his interactions with Dwyer and Forest Hill football players, saying Forest Hill football “will not be affected” by the scandal.

The school district found that one Dwyer and three Forest Hill football players used Dudeck to fudge transcripts, which allowed the players to be eligible to play football last fall. Those findings matched what the Palm Beach County state’s attorney’s office announced last week after its arrest of Dudeck, a former Forest Hill teacher and assistant football coach.

As previously reported, once the forged transcripts were discovered at Forest Hill, the players involved were immediately dismissed from the team. Dwyer’s player was allowed to continue playing because of insufficient information, the school district’s statement said, but further investigation by the school district found that the student’s grades, provided by Dudeck, “were not valid, and the Dwyer High School student’s credits will not be granted.”

The students involved in the scandal will be allowed to make up their lost credits through the county’s E2020 program or Florida Virtual School.

Both Dwyer and Forest Hill will open communications with the Florida High School Athletic Association, the statement said, to “explain the effects the grade issue had on their students and games.” While the school district claimed Forest Hill “will not be affected,” it’s unclear what ramifications Dwyer will see. School letters to the FHSAA will be completed within a few days, the statement said.

The school district’s announcement comes a week after the arrest of Dudeck, who was charged with felony counts of falsifying documents and receiving unlawful compensation.