March 14, 2014
Waynesboro's School Board is defending its decision to fire a choral director rather than accept her resignation.
Tracy Straight has been fired for improper behavior on a school field trip.
On Wednesday, she submitted a resignation letter with no conditions.
According to School Board Chair Lorie Smith, the board members may have accepted this request if it had come before they knew the facts.
She says the board stands by its decision but regrets the situation.
"These things will follow her professionally, but I think as young as she is, and she obviously has some very specific gifts and talents in music, I think she will be able to overcome this long term and we want that for her," Smith explained.
Smith said Straight did submit a resignation with certain conditions earlier in the process, but that the board felt the conditions were inappropriate.