New Principal at Washburn High School Already Put on Leave

Updated: 08/08/2013 7:23 AM By: Jessica Miles

There are more troubles for Washburn High School in Minneapolis, with another school official is in hot water.

Patrick Exner was just announced as the new principal of Washburn on Friday. He officially started Sunday.

Tuesday he was put on administrative leave by Minneapolis Public Schools.

The Minnesota Department of Education says it is because of possible testing problems at Ubah Medical Academy in Hopkins - the charter school where Exner was previously the principal.

The school invalidated three student exams earlier this summer because of how tests were administered and because it said the testing environment was not secured.

The reading test on June 4 is required for students to graduate from high school.

In a statement released Wednesday, Minneapolis Public Schools said: "As with any allegation, we should not necessarily assume that it is true. Minneapolis Public Schools will do its due diligence to investigate this matter and, until this process concludes, Mr. Exner will be on administrative leave."

An interim principal is now in place at Washburn.

It's not clear if that will be the case when students come back to class in a few weeks.