Advocate editorial board opinion: School trustees made correct decision

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Oct. 29, 2010 at 5:29 a.m.
Updated Oct. 30, 2010 at 5:30 a.m.

All of us at times in our lives are confronted with extremely difficult situations and decisions. And the decision to reject a request by former West High School dance instructor to be reinstated was tough at best and controversial without a doubt.

That decision by the Victoria school district board of trustees came after a public grievance hearing Tuesday. DJ Jaynes, the dance team instructor, had requested the formal hearing to be in a public setting.

Emotions ran high, and feelings played a big part in the goings-on at the grievance hearing. In a highly charged situation like that, it is hard to move forward with a level head.

After 32 years as a dance instructor, Jaynes had been reassigned to teach physical education at Mitchell Guidance Center, following a school district investigation into allegations of hazing and harassment of her students under her guidance.

We don't know what Jaynes did exactly, and we probably won't know. If she has been wronged, there's a process to appeal the decision.

But we think the school board trustees made the right determination to back Superintendent Bob Moore's reassignment of Jaynes. The school board should not micromanage the superintendent.

Either you have faith in your superintendent or you don't. He has to manage the people who work for the district, and, as he said in defending his decision, it was "in the best interest" of the school district.

And now, we think the time has come to move on and refrain from gossip and rumors.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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