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Former Head Start executive director speaks out

By Sonny Long
Dec. 4, 2010 at 6:04 a.m.

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Joyce Hyak remains defiant.

Hyak said she retired after Community Development Institute no longer needed her services as executive director of Victoria Head Start when it took over interim management of the program in August.

Advocates for Children and Families was suspended from operating Head Start after a federal report revealed some financial concerns.

Reports and rumors of her personally being charged with a crime because she headed up the Head Start program are not true, she said.

"Nothing has come up about that again" Hyak said. "None of it was true and they knew it. The whole thing never held any water."

Hyak remains the president of the Texas Head Start Association and is doing consulting work with other programs around the state, she said.

Hyak is disappointed to learn that Head Start and the Victoria school district are no longer working together, she said.

"That is the most disheartening thing I've heard. I am upset about that," she said. "It was a great relationship that we had worked on for years. It was good for the children."

Her retirement after 32 years as executive director of Head Start was "about time" and gives her more time to spend with her nine grandchildren and travel, she said.

"I can never get enough time with them," she said. "I am enjoying life."

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