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Board upholds decision

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The Chambers County Board of Education decided to have the Valley High School band director remain on unpaid leave throughout the rest of the school year at a meeting held last Wednesday. During Wednesday’s school board meeting the fate of the Valley High School band director was discussed. Shannon Chandler was held accountable for an annual gag awards ceremony that turned controversial. A so-called ‘Hernandez Award’ was presented last week. It included: a pail, shovel, salsa and chips. After it was brought to her attention, Superintendent Kelli Hodge decided to place Chandler on unpaid leave.

Wednesday, the board chose to uphold Hodge’s decision. That means Chandler was to remain on unpaid leave throughout the rest of the school year, which ended Friday, May 26.
Hodge told News 3 the decision to keep Chandler on unpaid leave because of last week’s gag awards is getting mixed reviews from the community.

“He’s been with us for 30 years. He has touched a lot of lives and I know that he has been a very important teacher for a lot of lives and so we certainly expect people…you know…you develop that relationship with your teacher,” says Hodge.

Hodge says there have been others who appear to feel otherwise.

“Have those people who have contacted us that are completely opposed to him ever working with children,” says Hodge.