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Kimberley Sautner, Saskatchewan Teacher, Accused Of Changing Daughter's Final Grades

02/09/2016 11:26 EST | Updated 02/10/2016 10:59 EST

SASKATOON — A teacher is undergoing a disciplinary hearing in Saskatchewan for allegedly changing students' final grades, including those of her own daughter.

Kimberley Sautner was principal of the high school in Wolseley, Sask., from 2008 to 2014 before she moved to Alberta.

She is accused of using the school's electronic marking system to change her daughter's grades and the grades of at least three more students.

A Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation hearing was told Monday that Sautner offered fellow teacher Gayle Wheatley $500 to change her daughter's Grade 12 English final grade.

The school's new principal, Crystal Hrbachek, testified that Sautner informed her she had cleared the request for the grade change with the director of education, Ben Grebinski.

Grebinski would later testify that he had not given his permission, and knew nothing about the matter at the time.

Both Grebinski and Hrbachek expressed their puzzlement at changing the grade of a student who had already graduated, was enrolled at a university and was living in Lethbridge, Alta.

Hrbachek said she checked the verification reports for all of the girl's classes and found discrepancies between her English, Social Studies and Theatre Arts grades on her final transcript.

She also noticed oddities between the reports and transcripts of three more students.

The defence will present its case Tuesday.

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