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Joyer officially accepted at Louisville; Wesley Chapel principal reassigned

Posted Jul 28, 2009 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Jul 28, 2009 at 06:31 PM

Wesley Chapel offensive lineman Kamran Joyer, who signed with the University of South Florida but was denied admission as the school asked for an explanation from Pasco County officials into an “unusual number of grade changes,” was officially accepted into the University of Louisville.

On Monday afternoon, Joyer was accepted into Louisville and will be eligible to play for the Cardinals this fall, UL assistant athletic director Rocco Gasparro said. Joyer will report to the school on Aug. 5 and participate in the Cardinals’ first practice on Aug. 6.

Joyer signed with USF in February, but received his release from his USF letter-of-intent on June 29. He signed with Louisville on July 17.

Ironically a day after Joyer was admitted into Louisville, Wesley Chapel Principal Andrew Frelick was reassigned. He is being transferred to be principal at Ridgewood High in New Port Richey.

Frelick had been principal at Wesley Chapel since the school opened in 1999. The school recently came under scrutiny because of Joyer’s grade changes.

Superintendent Heather Fiorentino said there were several factors that went into the transfer, including the fact Frelick is used to working at a large school and she needed someone like that to fill the spot at Ridgewood. She would not say whether the transfer was a direct result of the USF situation, though.

“This will give him a fresh start,” Fiorentino said.

As a senior at Wesley Chapel, Joyer’s transcript had nine grade changes, prompting Robert Spatig, USF’s director of undergraduate admissions, to question the grade changes on June 23 to Fiorentino and Frelick.

In a letter to USF, Fiorentino said Frelick had misinterpreted district policy on changing Joyer’s grades, along with five other Wesley Chapel students.

Because of Joyer’s nine grade changes, Pasco County officials also investigated whether the grades of all incoming USF students from Wesley Chapel had been assigned appropriately. Renalia Dubose, assistant superintendent for administration, told the Tampa Tribune that the grades were assigned appropriately to the other Wesley Chapel students.

Frelick admitted at least one of Joyer’s grades were inaccurately recorded. In a letter to Spatig on June 24, Frelick said Joyer’s final Biology I grade actually was a C, not a B as indicated on his transcript.

However, Frelick defended the grade changes, saying the district had a lot of transfer and at-risk students. “We try to assist as best we can when it comes to blending semester grades into yearlong grades,” he wrote.

In each case where Joyer had two different semester grades, he received full credit for the higher grade in each course.

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