Yorktown parents meeting

Yorktown High School principal Ashley Chandler speaks to parents of band students Thursday evening at the junior high campus. The district band director Trent Enriquez resigned from his position on Wednesday, the day summer band was scheduled to begin. Band activities have been postponed until further notice.

YORKTOWN – Parents were left with little to no answers Thursday night during a meeting about the sudden resignation of the school district’s band director.

Trent Enriquez, the director of bands at the Yorktown Junior High and Yorktown High School campuses, submitted his resignation Wednesday, said Superintendent Katherine Kuenstler. He had been with the school district for one year, she said.

Parents and students met with Kuenstler and high school principal Ashley Chandler on Thursday night at the Yorktown Junior High library, where parents were told that Enriquez resigned and that his position was open for a new hire.

Summer band has been postponed. The summer band program was scheduled to begin Wednesday, the day Enriquez resigned.

Parents asked district officials why Enriquez resigned the day summer band was scheduled to begin and after he had begun a marching band show for the 2019 season. The band program had also received high performance marks this past spring during UIL concert and sight reading competition under Enriquez’s direction.

“It doesn’t make sense why he would do all that and then just leave,” one parent said during the meeting. Other parents declined to comment.

Kuenstler declined to comment about why Enriquez resigned, citing personnel privacy rules. She also declined to comment about whether there was any school investigation into Enriquez, who did not attend Thursday’s meeting. Parents speculated why the teacher left, but Kuenstler and Chandler declined to answer their questions.

Neither DeWitt County Sheriff Carl Bowen nor Enriquez could be reached late Thursday for comment.

Kuenstler told parents the district plans to have another band director hired or an interim director in place by Aug. 14, when school starts.

Amber Aldaco reports on education for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at aaldaco@vicad.com or 361-580-6303.

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Amber Aldaco is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She's covered various events in the Crossroads including a zoo rescue, a biker funeral and a state meeting with the governor. She enjoys singing with her significant other.

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George Schwarz

If you want to see consummate bureaucrats, look no further than the occupants at the school district central administration buildings. They use the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA, and the Texas Public Meetings and Public Records acts to successfully thwart accountability. These are public employees, however, and the public and, especially, taxpayers deserve to know how these public entities are run. If personnel actions occur, we should know about them — in detail. Someone with clout needs to also find a legislator with the courage to take this on. There is even a provision in the Public Records act that shields public employee from “embarrassment.” Go figure.

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