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Stilley: "Disciplinary action will be taken" in PJHS case

Stilley: "Disciplinary action will be taken" in PJHS case

Author: Action News 17/Sunday, April 14, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Latest Stories

PONCHATOULA---Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley said Friday that the investigation into an incident at Ponchatoula Jr. High that gained nationwide attention via social media has concluded, and district officials are now entering into the due process portion of the process.

Stilley said Friday that the district has collected facts and information regarding the March 28 incident, and the individuals involved have been notified that disciplinary action will be taken in this matter.

During the due process period, the individuals involved have an opportunity to provide additional information to the Superintendent. The due process period lasts seven days after the individuals have been formally notified.

Stilley offered thanks to the public for their support and patience through this review.

“It has been a very difficult time for everyone involved, and our district and particularly the core values we are striving to instill as part of our DNA have been tested through this incident,” Stilley said.

Stilley said the district began this school year identifying three core values that they wanted to instill in the culture of Tangipahoa Parish. In July, her team started by introducing the idea of the 3Bs (Be Respectful, Be Compassionate, Be Great) to the district’s nearly 20,000 students, but she says that the shift cannot be complete without the adults modeling the same behavior that is expected of our students. 

“For the school system to have a positive, lasting impact on our students, who we expect to know, understand, and live out our core values, we must first start with our 2,800 employees and ask them to model these characteristics in all they do and say,” Stilley said. "When every single employee exhibits our core values every day, even under difficult situations, our core values become part of our DNA.”

Stilley said her goal is to see the 3Bs become part of the culture of the entire parish, not just at school.

“When our core values become the DNA of our students, it will have a positive impact on our families and on communities across this great parish. Students will go home and exhibit these values. Families will change. Communities will change. What a tremendous impact we can have on our quality of life here in Tangipahoa Parish!” Stilley said.

In the same vein, Stilley said the Tangipahoa Parish School Board’s Policy Committee on Wednesday approved new language in the district’s employee code of conduct that requires TPSS workers to adhere to the 3Bs in all aspects of their job. The committee has forwarded that language on to the full board for adoption at their April 16 meeting in Amite.

 
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