VISD to terminate two teachers

Chad and Sondra Reed

The Vidor Independent School District board voted to terminate two teachers at a meeting Monday night, Jan. 20, amid accusations of inappropriate conduct with students. The couple had been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 20, 2013.

The terminations of VISD teachers Chad and Sondra Reed passed unanimously and, police say, criminal charges are pending.

According to a press release from VISD superintendent Dr. Jay Killgo, prior to the holiday break, VISD received an anonymous letter alleging Sondra Reed, a special education teacher at Oak Forest Elementary School, had engaged in “inappropriate conduct” with former and current students. According to police, the letter was in the superintendent’s office when found and contained photos believed to have been printed from Facebook as proof of the writer’s allegations. The photos have not been released to the public at this time. Sondra Reed was immediately placed on administrative leave, and an investigation ensued.

During the investigation into Sondra Reed’s alleged, unspecified inappropriate conduct, VISD administrators received information that Chad Reed, Sondra’s husband and a teacher at the Vidor Junior High School, had also engaged in inappropriate con- duct involving VISD students. He was immediately placed on administrative leave.

Based upon the accusations and information gathered during the school district investigation, Killgo recommended termination of both educators to the school board at their Jan. 20 meeting. The board accepted Killgo’s recommendations. Both of the Reeds have the opportunity to request an administrative hearing to contest the charges against them before final action is taken on the proposed terminations.

In a prepared statement, Killgo asserted, “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 that 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.”

Vidor Police Department Chief Dave Shows said a VPD investigator is working with VISD police, and he expects formal charges against one or both of the Reeds to be presented to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office before the end of the month.