The official invite

Robert Davis presented BHS Band Director Jay Wardeska with an official invitation to the 34th annual 2020 London New Year’s Day Parade last fall. The Marching Blue Devils are one of just 16 high school marching bands from around the globe that will be featured in the parade on Jan. 1, 2020.

BRUNSWICK – High school band director Jay Wardeska remains on administrative leave after allegations he violated district policies by contacting students.

District officials said earlier this month they are investigating claims that Wardeska, 50, violated the district’s guidelines on appropriate contact with students by allegedly texting students and contacting them through social media.

“Our students’ safety and comfort is our top priority among our guidelines to assure that safety is requiring all teachers and staff to contact students and parents electronically by only using our school email system,” Kathy Verhest, acting superintendent for the district, said.

Further details on the allegations have not been released.

With school now back in session and the band continuing to prepare for it’s upcoming competition season, as well as its trip to London in December, Verhest said the band’s activities will continue to take place as expected.

“We have leadership in place for our band programs while we conduct this investigation and all of our band activities moving forward,” she added.

The Marching Blue Devils will take part in the New Year’s Day Parade in London in January. Only 18 bands in the nation are selected each year for this honor.

Wardeska has worked for the district since 2000 and over the past 19 years he has earned the title of master teacher several times, most recently during the 2018-19 school year.

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