Bristol’s director is on leave due to alleged testing irregularities

BRISTOL – The principal of Ivy Drive School has been placed on administrative leave after the school district was notified of alleged irregularities in state testing at the school, officials said.

“We take these allegations very seriously and have reported such allegations to the Department of Education,” Superintendent Iris White and Board of Education President Shelby Pons wrote in a statement Sunday.

According to the school’s website, Emily Gomes is the school’s principal.

Officials said they will soon announce who will serve as interim director while Gomes is on leave.

“Our government intends to fully cooperate with any investigation conducted by the state or any other external entity it designates,” they wrote.

Officials said they could not share any more details to preserve the integrity of the investigation and maintain student confidentiality.

“We want to assure you, however, that the education and well-being of our students remain the district’s top concerns, and we will ensure that our students can continue to thrive,” the statement read.