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By Tony Farkas

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GROVETON — An employee of the Groveton school district was arrested Wednesday for allegedly altering grades.

Breanna Faye Abshier, 35, is facing a third-degree felony charge of tampering with a government record. She is listed on the Groveton ISD website as the registrar for the junior high and high schools.

According to the affidavit for arrest warrant, Texas Rangers were alerted to the case by Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace and Chief Deputy Jeremy Carroll on Feb. 26 that a student’s grade averages and class rankings were believed to have been manipulated.

The affidavit states that approximately 145 entries were changed between the 2021-22 school year and the current year.

Texas Ranger Christopher Cash met with school officials, who told police that the suspects job duties included using the schools’ Ascender software to change grades, but only with teacher authorization.

The affidavit states that the changes were made without authorization, changed a student’s class rank from around 15th of 56 students to fifth; the adjustments were made to the student's class average for a 6-week period, which would then affect that student's semester average for that class.

The timestamp information within the system pointed to the suspect, the affidavit states.

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