While the district investigation into him continues, the state education standards board formally reprimanded duPont Manual High School principal Gerald “Jerry” Mayes in April for discussing district officials with students.
The Education Professional Standards Board voted to “admonish” Mayes for criticizing JCPS Chief Equity Officer John Marshall in a conversation with students, according to the April letter obtained by Insider via an open records request.
The letter didn’t mention anything else regarding the district’s investigation into Mayes. A JCPS spokeswoman told Insider she expects the district’s investigation to be completed before school starts in August.
EPSB also ordered Mayes to complete educator ethics training by October 2018, according to the letter. There are no other documents in Mayes’ personnel file suggesting he appealed or completed the training as of Tuesday.
Mayes criticized Marshall and the district’s diversity efforts in a secretly recorded conversation with two Manual students in late October 2017. District officials formally reprimanded him solely for his comments about Marshall soon after the tape was released.
In the full tape, Mayes criticized the students’ views on oppression, saying African-Americans aren’t the only group to face discrimination and that he faced similar discrimination for being Protestant.
Mayes’ comments, which some called racist after the tape was released, led to a fuller investigation into his behavior. The investigation has been going on for over 250 days, causing questions from parents, students and community members.
Over the past few weeks, a JCPS spokeswoman has repeatedly told Insider that the investigation is continuing. When asked what is taking so long last week, the spokeswoman said she “cannot comment on personnel matters.”
Multiple students and parents publicly criticized Mayes’ behavior in Jefferson County Board of Education meetings in the spring, accusing him of racist and intimidating behavior. Other speakers questioned the district’s handling of the investigation and the decision to allow Mayes to stay in his position instead of moving him while the investigation occurred.