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06/13/05 - Lufkin

Lufkin ISD Upholds Decision To Move Najera To Middle School

by Stuart Burson

A few weeks ago the Lufkin High School band director was reassigned to the middle school band. But, the band director, Paul Najera, didn't like the decision, and he filed a grievance.

Around seventy band students and parents showed up in support of Najera at a special meeting Monday night where school board members heard that grievance.

Last month, Superintendent David Sharp announced that Najera would be transferred from his duties as high school band director to middle school band director.

After close to three hours in executive session Monday night with Najera and his attorney, the board voted to uphold Sharp's decision to transfer Najera.

"There's a few options still available to me. At this point I need some time to evaluate and digest the decision of the school board tonight and just take some time to think about this." Najera told the East Texas News.

The board's decision also didn't set well with Najera's students, or their parents.

"I think they have ruined our band program. I think we're going to watch our band program fold, watch it fall fast and hard and I want Mr. Sharp to understand that he is responsible for what our band goes through from here on out." says band parent Candy Wood.

Najera's attorney says he can appeal to the State Commissioner of Education in Austin, or file a breach of contract lawsuit against the district.

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