While no one’s trying to get the guy fired, this is completely appropriate:
A high school show choir director is on paid administrative leave following a complaint filed by a man who had obtained some of his text messages during a copyright lawsuit, the Burbank Unified School District confirmed this week.
Brett Carroll, who directs the Burbank High School Vocal Music Assn., was placed on leave earlier this month, Burbank Unified spokeswoman Kimberly Clark said.
Citing personnel matters, Clark could not provide specifics about why Carroll was placed on leave or the exact date.
If Carroll had been just mouthing off to his friends in these messages that would be one thing. But when he does it to and with his own program assistant, it immediately enters into the direction of the program itself. That’s the legal predicament the district now finds itself in.
This is also an excellent time to entirely redo the vocal music curriculum at BHS. The whole thing over there has obviously gotten completely out of hand when you start talking about which kid is the best stripper type, and from what we’ve been seeing (as well as periodically hearing about for years) the academic component is sorely missing.
Pop is one thing, but it’s not everything, and the BUSD needs to get back to the basics with its music programs.