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Board to post Hoover High probe results online

HOOVER (AP) — The Hoover school board has decided to post a report on its investigation of Hoover High School on the Internet and provide copies at two sites Saturday.

The board voted 4-1 Wednesday night to make public the full 68-page report from former
U.S. District Judge Sam Pointer Jr.

Now a Birmingham lawyer, Pointer was hired by the board after allegations of pressures on teachers to assist athletes and improper relationships by football coach Rush Propst.

The report will be posted on the school's Web site — www.hoover.k12.al.us — at 9 a.m. Saturday and will be available at the Hoover Public Library and at the school
system's Farr Administration Building.

The board withheld release of the report Wednesday night in order for individuals named in the report to be contacted.

"I think what it will show is that teachers were put under pressure and how they responded to it," Board Vice President Suzy Baker said.

Board members declined to say if Propst's personal life was part of the report.

Pointer began the investigation almost four months ago amid allegations of grade tampering for football players and pressure on teachers to give favorable grades.

The investigation has cost more than $151,000.

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  • www.hoover.k12.al.us.

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