Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Transparency: After sex scandal, Donna school board holds closed-door meeting after FIVE employees charge with child molestation


 It was a marathon of a meeting Monday night in Donna.
The school board spent 30 minutes meeting publicly and  three hours in executive session, but didn’t take any action.
They didn’t reveal any new details about the student-employee sex scandal that rocked the Donna Independent School District or explain how they planned to tackle the problem.
The board asked Superintendent Jesus Reyna to draft a plan to prevent any more inappropriate student-employee relationships.
Five employees have been implicated in the scandal
> Truancy Officer Arturo Castillo Jr., who was fired
> Criminal justice teacher Carlos Cordova, who was suspended
> Coach Guillermo Arriaga, who resigned.
> Security guard Luis Leal, who was suspended
> Security guard Mike Soto, who had the allegations against him dropped
The school district police department also suspended Sgt. Daniel Walden, who was the interim police chief when the allegations initially surfaced.
Reyna refused to talk about the employee suspensions following the meeting, saying they were personnel matters.
During the meeting, school board trustees Eloy Infante and Ernesto Lugo suggested  prohibiting any texting between students and teachers, rather than just suggesting employees “avoid” it, as current policy recommends.
Additionally, they said they want Reyna to respond quickly if a similar situation ever arises.
After the meeting, Reyna said he only wanted to talk about the positive and did not want to address how the school district could have prevented the problems.
Some Donna residents who attended the meeting told Action 4 News that they think the school district attempted to cover up the student-employee relationships and want Reyna held accountable.

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