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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Attorneys for the Montgomery Public School System say based on the results of two independent investigations into grade changing allegations at MPS, four employees can soon look forward to returning to work.

According to a release issued by the law firm, three of the six individuals originally named culpable in the grade changing investigation have since been cleared of wrong doing. A fourth employee was determined to have been acting on the behalf of a supervisor who is no longer employed by the system. Those four employees will be reinstated this week.

The law firm, Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, also stated that there is substantial evidence that the two other employees were involved in making improper grade changes and disciplinary action against those employees will continue.

"The investigation had to be done to ensure there were no mistakes in the process," said James Seale, attorney for the system. "The two independent investigations came to essentially the same conclusions. We are confident in the findings."

"This has been a difficult process, and I am happy to see it is moving toward a resolution," said Superintendent Barbara W. Thompson."We are grateful to Alabama State Superintendent Tommy Bice for his leadership in assembling an experienced investigative team to look into these allegations. We also want to thank retired FBI Agent John Mulligan who conducted a concurrent investigation on behalf of the board. We have worked to be as transparent as possible given the legal restrictions."

Hearings for the two remaining individuals implicated in the investigation are forthcoming.

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