November 14, 2013
Dear Parents of Cienega and Andrada Students:
Our mission statement makes it clear: "It is the mission of the Vail School District to provide parents with safe and nurturing school
Those of us in leadership positions within the District personalize that standard. It is easy to do as most
everyone of us have entrusted our children to the District's schools. When making personnel decisions we ask: "Is this person someone I would trust with my son or daughter?"
As such, it is personally troubling and disheartening when allegations are made that a staff member has violated our most basic mission.
A male security guard at Cienega High School is facing a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the
delinquency of a minor. Specifically, he is charged with kissing a 15-year-old student. When the District
became aware of the allegations, the employee was placed on administrative leave. He has since resigned.
There are also allegations that a female teacher at Andrada had inappropriate contact with a student. The
teacher has been placed on administrative leave while the allegations are being investigated by law
At the time of this writing, no charges have been filed. I am writing to let you know about both of these situations. It is critical to point out that both of these situations involve allegations only.
No one has admitted guilt or been found guilty. I ask and hope that your judgment is withheld until investigations and/or trials are final.
We will cooperate fully with law enforcement as both of these situations continue to unfold.
One of the saddest aspects of these allegations is the shadow they cast on the hundreds of employees in Vail who care so very deeply about your children...employees do everything they can to make our schools safe and nurturing for your child. They uphold the highest moral standards and would not hesitate to put themselves in harm's way to protect your child. I ask you to continue to honor and trust those employees.
If the allegations prove true, please accept my deepest apology.