I wanted to check back in with you since it has been quite some time. I think you now see why I have been reluctant to divulge my name up until now. Here we are months later and Principal Mayes still sits at his desk at Manual running the show. It infuriates me every day that he has remained in this job, not on administrative leave, while this investigation takes place.
Manual parents, students and staff STILL REMAIN IN THE DARK about this supposed investigation into Mayes’ completely inappropriate behavior and conduct. No one from the district has ever reached out to us to give us any sense of what is going on. When you call the superintendent’s office no one will answer your questions and they give you the brush off. Everything is just as I expected — the district is silent just waiting this situation out and brushing everything under the rug. The posts to dear JCPS have ceased because we all know that the countless incidents of his vile behavior reported so far by students, alumni, staff and parents have not truly been paid attention to. Those of us brave enough to speak out (on behalf of countless others too fearful to do so) are disappointed and feel defeated that the district has not taken our concerns seriously. If they really cared for the students at Manual, they would have put Mayes on leave months ago. This wasn’t one allegation, it was countless ones. Alumni speak about his abuses going back years and years. How the district didn’t outright fire him over all of this is truly shocking, but the fact that he remains in charge at Manual is unconscionable.
Concerned Manual Parent
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