Hundreds show support for choir teacher at school board meeting

More than a hundred people showed up to Tuesday's DeKalb Central board meeting to support show choir director Shelley Johnson and her husband, Kent.

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 11:09 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2018 8:52 AM

WATERLOO, Ind. (WFFT) - People in DeKalb County are still looking for answers after a popular teacher at DeKalb High School was reassigned.

More than a hundred people showed up to Tuesday's DeKalb Central board meeting to support show choir director Shelley Johnson and her husband, Kent.

The district isn't responding to the outcry after the Johnson's extra curricular contracts weren't renewed for next year.

However, people told the board they should look at the bigger picture.

The district announced last week the husband and wife team won't lead the show choir and theater productions next year ... citing lack of institutional control and failure to follow procedures.

However, parents, students and alumni say the school could've handled the situation differently.

"My first thought would be 'how do you fix it. You've got to fix it. Don't eliminate these people,'" said Keith High.

High was one of a handful of people who spoke during Tuesday's board meeting to support Shelley and Kent.

His daughter graduated from the program in 2004, but he's been involved ever since.

High said the Johnsons were about life outside of school.

"These kids that come in, they just become this big family. It's what you hope for. You hope your kids find something like that connects them to school," said High.

A connection DeKalb Freshman Isabell Gettys said can be made in one year.

"She's made such a positive impact in one year. I'm ready for more years to come with her and grow with her and grow with the program," said Gettys.

The Johnsons have been in the district for more than 30 years.

Junior Kylee Walker is a second generation member of DeKalb show choirs.

She said she's not sure how things will look with someone else in charge.

"It's going to be hard without Kent and Shelley. I would definitely love for the legacy to live on though," Walker said.

The show choir will continue next year.

The job is posted on the district's website.

The May board meeting will held at the DeKalb Middle School.

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