Drill team instructor reassigned to teach P.E. at Mitchell


Oct. 11, 2010 at 5:11 a.m.

The former West High School Legacy Dance Team instructor DJ Jaynes was reassigned Monday to teach physical education at Mitchell Guidance Center and Liberty Academy.

"Mrs. Jaynes' employment assignment is as a teacher at Mitchell Guidance Center and Liberty Academy within her area of certification, which is physical education," said Diane Boyett, district communications specialist.

Boyett would not comment on why Jaynes was reassigned, citing it as a personnel issue.

Jaynes was placed on administrative leave with pay Sept. 29 after parents say a number of grievances were filed against her.

"I feel it was because of her treatment and the retaliation against the kids," said parent Kim Franklin, who filed three grievances.

Franklin said some of the grievances explained Jaynes targeted certain children and parents for bullying and harassment.

"Our kids have greatly suffered," Franklin said.

The Advocate has filed a Freedom of Information request with the district for the grievances, e-mails and documentation about Jaynes' reassignment.

Jaynes, a dance instructor for more than 30 years in the district, is certified to teach physical education, theater arts, dance and business administration.

Jaynes did not return a phone call to her cell phone Monday afternoon.

Dwight Harris, a former president of the Victoria Federation of Teachers who is representing Jaynes, said the instructor does not know why she was moved.

"This reassignment is something she has not asked for and something she is not particularly pleased with," he said.

Harris said Jaynes could do anything from retire, resign or keep the assignment.

"She's just evaluating what her options are, and she's going to choose the one that's most appropriate for her," he said.

Tonya Casillas, whose daughter is on the drill team, disagreed with the decision.

"We don't feel like the investigation is being done fairly, if it's being done at all," she said.

Casillas said parents and students are confused about why the reassignment was made.

"Whatever the allegations were, obviously the district doesn't feel like she's a threat to other children," she said. "Why can't they place her back with our children? I don't understand."



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