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Hays CISD moves forward with teacher’s termination

By Megan Wehring 

Palmore

HAYS COUNTY — After an elementary school teacher was arrested for Indecency with a Child, Hays CISD will move forward with the termination process. 

The Kyle Police Department arrested Andrew Palmore, a Blanco Vista Elementary second grade teacher, on Tuesday, March 1 following an investigation that led to Palmore being charged with two counts of Indecency with a Child (third degree felony) and two counts of Improper Relationship between an Educator and Student (second degree felony). HCISD immediately placed Palmore on administrative leave and removed his access to campuses and students after being notified by the police in February.

At a special meeting on March 8, the HCISD Board of Trustees approved the termination of Palmore’s term contract “for good cause as reviewed in closed session” and directed Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright to provide notice to the employee.

“This vote should send a strong message that our Board appreciates the seriousness of this matter,” said Vanessa Petrea, Board President, in a statement on behalf of the trustees. “Our Board puts protecting the children of our district at the very top of our priority list.”

About Author

Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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