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By Darian Trotter Fox San Antonio Facebook San Antonio Independent School District spirit groups will not participate in this year's Fiesta Flambeau Parade.That's the word from District Superintendent Sylvester Perez. This year's parade became controversial after organizers made policy changes that prevented the district's spirit groups from participating. However late Monday The Flambeau Association made a compromise that would allow a limited number of spirit group members to participate. Still the district says it's not good enough. Darian Trotter tells us why at least one school district has decided not to have their spirit groups participate. "It's fun, it's a great experience," Jefferson High School student Melissa Hernandez said. It's a 70-year tradition that grips the attention of everyone along the Flambeau Parade route but there will be changes to this year's night-time Fiesta parade. Trotter asked, "Disappointing for you? Yes. Why? Because it's my first year as a dance team member and I would have liked to be in the parade," Hernandez replied. Melissa Hernandez will not be participating because of policy changes announced earlier this year.In the interest of safety the Flambeau Parade Association first announced dance teams, pep squads, and cheerleaders were not allowed to participate. After public outcry the association announced a compromise allowing a new "spirit group section" at the end of the parade. "I got excited because I heard we could be in the parade but then I got down because I heard we were going to be at the end," Hernandez said. "We're very concerned about the fact that we have separated the dance and spirit groups from the band," Perez said. Tuesday District Superintendent Sylvester Perez announced SAISD student spirit groups will not be participating; due to the parameters of the compromise. "We have two different drop off times. We have two different pick up times. The logistics are not good for us," Perez said. He says placing spirit groups at the end of the parade creates safety issues. Dance team member Melissa Hernandez agrees. "We're still not safe because it's at the end and we're going to get out later and there's more people who are drunk." "It's just not really fair to our kids. We're very disappointed and disheartened," Perez said. The parade association president says he's disappointed that SAISD students will not be part of the spirit group section. Students from other districts are planning to participate and are submitting their applications.
SAN ANTONIO – After seven years at the station, Fox News First anchor Monica Taylor has accepted a new position outside of the broadcasting industry. Taylor has accepted the position of Director of Brand and Image with CPS Energy.
Jessica Headley, who has co-anchored with Ernie Zuniga in a fill-in role in the past, will take over Monica’s duties on the morning newscast as the station begins a national search for a new morning co-anchor.
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