Former drill team instructor will have public hearing
Oct. 19, 2010 at 5:19 a.m.
The school district will hear a grievance filed by former West High School dance director, DJ Jaynes, at a public hearing Tuesday.
Diane Boyett, communications director with the school district, would not say what the grievance contained.
"It's privacy issues related to personnel matters," she said.
Jaynes, who directed dance for 32 years, was reassigned to teach physical education at Mitchell Guidance Center and Liberty Academy after a number of grievances were filed by parents.
The documents explained Jaynes violated booster club policies, used booster funds for personal reasons and harassed students and parents.
Jaynes said this is the first time she's ever had grievances filed against her and denied what the complaints explained.
"If I've hazed or harassed anybody I should be fired. Not reassigned," she said. "I didn't do anything. I didn't cause anything. I don't even know what they're talking about and I'm willing to raise my right hand and say that to anybody."
Jaynes agreed to an interview Tuesday at the Advocate.
She was accompanied by Dwight Harris, grievance officer for the Victoria Federation of Teachers.
Jaynes does not believe the grievances had an impact on her move.
"I had some grievances filed, but not anything that anybody would be concerned about," she said.
Jaynes said she is confused about the move because no one has explained to her why she was reassigned.
"Nobody in the district told me that I've done anything wrong," she said.
She hopes to have the hearing public because she has "nothing to hide."
"I'd like the truth to be known," she said.