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Parents make emotional plea to school board to keep drill team director


Sept. 30, 2010 at 4:30 a.m.

Rebecca Baugh speaks to the school board, expressing opposition to the reassignment of West High School drill team director DJ Jaynes. "As a parent, I relocated my family so my daughters could be under the instruction of DJ," Baugh said during the meeting  Thursday.

Parents emotionally addressed the school board at a special meeting Thursday evening.

Parents of West High School Legacy Dance Team members said they opposed the reassignment of drill team director DJ Jaynes.

"Her thoughts are always about these children, and I don't know why she would possibly be reassigned," said Annette Frerich, whose daughter, Stacey, is on the team.

Jaynes was placed on administrative leave with pay Wednesday and will be reassigned.

School district officials and the board would not comment as to why.

"It's a personnel matter. She's employed by the district, and we can't discuss it," said Tami Keeling, school board president.

Some parents believe the reassignment happened because eight grievances have been filed against Jaynes since July.

The grievances claim Jaynes used hundreds of dollars from a booster club account for personal items like flowers for family members, magazine subscriptions, valet parking and meals where alcohol was purchased without the club's approval. The documents include dated and signed receipts and bank statements.

"We have 100 percent confidence that the district will look at the facts presented to them and make the right decision," said Kim Franklin, former drill team booster club treasurer who filed three grievances.

The grievances also claim Jaynes violated the district's code of conduct.

On Thursday, parents described the impact Jaynes made on their children.

"DJ's got my daughter on top of the world," parent Rebecca Baugh said. Baugh said she moved her family to the west side of town when the schools split just so her daughter could be a member of the team.

"I've been involved in watching her turn young girls into young beautiful women," she said.

School officials would not say when Jaynes will be reassigned or where she might go.

After hearing the comments, the board set the policies for filling the vacant District 1 seat created after the death of James Murphy Sr. in August.

Anyone interested in applying can submit a letter of interest to the superintendent's office at 102 Profit Drive until 5 p.m., Oct. 14.

The letter should include the person's qualifications and why they want to serve on the board. For more information, contact the superintendent's office at 361-788-9202 or board president Tami Keeling at 361-575-4434.

The board will hold a special meeting the week of Oct. 18 to choose a new member.



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