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Vidor ISD board suspends teachers without pay and votes to fire them

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The Vidor Independent School District board of trustees voted to suspend two teachers. Board members made the decision following a ten-minute closed door session Monday night. The board then voted for a proposed to terminate employment of the husband and wife.

Neither district administrators nor school board members would officially confirm why action was taken against Chad and Sondra Reed. All that was released was that they were accused of inappropriate conduct with students.

Multiple sources have confirmed to 12News however that the couple is accused of providing minors with alcohol, which is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable with up to year in jail.

Vidor ISD superintendent Jay Killgo, Ed.D said that in December he received a letter and a photo on his desk that was evidence that Sondra Reed had engaged in inappropriate conduct with former and current students.

Board president Rollie Burr said it happened off-campus.

During the investigation into Mrs. Reed, Dr. Killgo said he also received information that her husband, Chad, had also engaged in the inappropriate behavior involving students.

In a statement released after the board's vote Monday night, Dr. Killgo said, "We thank the concerned parent who brought this matter to our attention and encourage students and parents to report to Vidor ISD administrators in the event that they suspect wrongdoing by Vidor ISD educators. Vidor ISD will cooperate with law enforcement and state officials as those entities perform their own investigations of these matters."

We went by the Reeds' home, but no one answered the door, nor did they answer our phone calls.

The couple can appeal the board's decision to the Texas Education Agency. Their termination will become final if they choose not to appeal.

Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows confirmed to 12News that there is a criminal investigation, but said no details would be released unless the case was taken to the Orange County district attorney's office.

A spokesperson for the Vidor Independent School District issued the following news release:

TO: Media Requesting Information

FROM: Dr. Jay Killgo, Superintendent of Schools for Vidor ISD

RE: Proposed Termination and Suspension without Pay of Two Teachers

DATE: January 20, 2014

Before the holidays, Vidor ISD received an anonymous letter alleging teacher Sondra Reed had engaged in inappropriate conduct with former and current students. Ms. Reed was immediately placed on administrative leave, a District investigation began, and the appropriate authorities were notified. Based upon information obtained during the administration's investigation of those allegations, on Monday, January 20, 2014, I recommended that the Board propose termination of Mrs. Reed's contract and that she be suspended without pay pending discharge. The board accepted this recommendation. Ms. Reed will be able to request an administrative hearing to contest the charges against her before final action is taken on her proposed termination.

During the course of its investigation, Vidor ISD administration received information that Chad Reed had also engaged in inappropriate conduct involving students of Vidor ISD. Mr. Reed was immediately placed on administrative leave, a District investigation began, and the appropriate authorities were notified. On Monday, January 20, 2014, I recommended that the Board propose termination of his contract and suspension without pay pending discharge. The board accepted this recommendation. Mr. Reed will also have the ability to request an administrative hearing before final action is taken on his contract.

The safety and well-being of students of Vidor ISD is our primary concern. The District expects our educators to be professionals and role models for our students. We require that they comply with the law, the educator code of ethics, and school rules. We have acted, and will continue to act, in a swift and diligent manner to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. We thank the concerned parent who brought this matter to our attention and encourage students and parents to report to Vidor ISD administrators in the event that they suspect wrongdoing by Vidor ISD educators. Vidor ISD will cooperate with law enforcement and state officials as those entities perform their own investigations of these matters.

In other board news, trustees voted unanimously to extend Dr. Killgo's contract a third year.

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