Oroville, Calif.—On Wednesday night students and their parents plead to the district's board of trustees to keep a beloved band teacher employed after he was told he will be let go at the end of the school year.
Students told Action News Now that a couple weeks ago their teacher Michael Taylor would not have his contract renewed and they immediately came together with hopes of changing that.
"A lot of students came up to me and they were crying and I'm the durm major of the band so I'm like, these are my kids, I don't want them to feel upset," said Las Plumas High School senior Hailey McGovern. That’s why she decided to take action and mobilize her peers.
Last week she began a petition and gathered about 100 signatures which she delivered to the board of trustees Wednesday night in hopes of keeping Michael Taylor as their band teacher for the Las Plumas-Oroville alliance.
One student became emotional as she described the impact Taylor has had on her.
"Mr. Taylor doesn't deserve to be let go. To us he is a friend, he's someone we can laugh with, someone we can experience winning-losing with, someone we can look up to and try to be at our best around," said Oroville High School sophomore Alyna Pearl.
"There's not a day that goes by he doesn't have a smile on his face, and there's rarely a moment he doesn't put a smile on mine one way or another." said Jacob Schuster, a senior at Las Plumas High School.
Patricia Morris is a mother of three musicians and said Taylor is a truly inspirational person in their lives.
"Life can be hard, and life can be short sometimes, so when you find inspiration in someone, treasure them and fight for them because they make life so much sweeter and more palatable. I hope that everyone in this room has a Mr. Taylor in their life," Morris said.
We did call the school's principal to confirm that Taylor did in fact receive this notice but we did not hear back.
The board did not comment on the situation since they can't legally discuss personnel matters, but they said they appreciate all of the speakers comments and will use them going forward.
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