Valley High School band director submits retirement papers

Valley High School band director submits retirement papers
(Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)
(Source: Parker Branton/WTVM)

VALLEY, AL (WTVM) – Chambers County School Superintendent Kelli Hodge has confirmed that Valley High School Band Director Shannon Chandler has submitted his papers for retirement.

However, the school board has not met to accept the retirement yet.

Chandler was placed on leave in May after an inappropriate gag award was put together for a Valley High School band banquet.

Chambers County School Superintendent Keli Hodge says despite the troubles at the end of the year, those associated with the band program will miss Chandler.

"He is definitely going to be missed and I know that the kids in the band and the parents that have supported the band over the years I know they appreciate very much the things Mr. Chandler has done over the years and we wish him well in his retirement," Chandler says.

The band director issued the following apology following this incident:

Dear Valley Band Students and Parents,
I want to sincerely apologize for an event that took place at our recent band banquet. I allowed our students to present gag awards that were insensitive and inappropriate towards others. As an adult, educator, and a Christian, I should have realized the insensitiveness of these awards. 
My hope and prayer is that each of you can forgive me for my actions. If I caused any embarrassment to you, a family member, or anyone else who was in attendance, then I want to say that I am truly sorry. If I have caused any damage to your reputation, then I am truly sorry for this act as well.
I owe you all an apology for breaking a sacred trust. I should have practiced better judgment when entrusted with teenagers, and I am truly sorry for breaking that trust. I hope that in the future, I can regain your trust as students and as parents.
Sincerely, Shannon Chandler

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