MISD Keeping A Closer Eye On Substitute Teachers After Incident 10/21/13
CBS 7 News
October 21, 2013
MIDLAND-Allegations of misconduct by a substitute teacher rocked MISD last week, now the system is keeping a closer eye on substitute teachers to make sure it doesn't happen again.
62-year-old Juan Leovardo Melendez, an MISD substitute teacher, was arrested and charged Thursday for indecency with a child.
Now a principal or administrator will walk through and check in on classrooms with substitute teachers twice each day.
"We want people to know we are taking last week very seriously, we are not just sticking our heads in the mud and we are going to make sure that our classrooms are safe,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren.
The walkthrough’s began today; Warren says it’s an extra layer of protection alongside stringent background checks.
"We have hundreds of substitute teachers who do an absolutely wonderful job and would sacrifice their lives for a student," said Warren.
Good news for parents, reeling from hearing of last week's allegations.
“Being responsible adults we need to be taking care of our children as parents and as teachers,” said Midland Resident Mike Arnold.
Others say it's overdue.
"I think it’s a great idea, they probably should’ve been doing that a long time ago,” said Midland Resident Tracy Bush.
Warren told principals the substitute checks will be in place until further notice.