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Marquand teacher out of classroom, students protest

Several students and former students are upset that Mrs. V is on administrative leave. Several students and former students are upset that Mrs. V is on administrative leave.
Several people made signs in support of Mrs. Visnovske. Several people made signs in support of Mrs. Visnovske.
Some students call her the reason they graduated from Marquand High School. Some students call her the reason they graduated from Marquand High School.
Marquand Superintendent John Boyd says he cannot comment on personnel issues. Marquand Superintendent John Boyd says he cannot comment on personnel issues.
MARQUAND, MO (KFVS) -

It may be the start of the school year, but one teacher at Marquand is not teaching in her classroom.

Vickie Visnovske is on administrative leave, according to her mother. She teaches art to all grades in Marquand.

"She pours her own money and time into the art program and this is how they are going to thank her," Rachel Phillips, a former student, said. "She is the whole reason that I wanted to actually graduate school."

Mrs. V, as her students call her, taught in what some described as an old wood shop. This year, school administrators moved her to a classroom that they say didn't allow for creativity.

"When she came back to school this fall, she was locked out of her old classroom," said Mary Lee Visnovske, Vickie's mother. "She voiced her opinion and due that, the administration is trying to say she was insubordinate."

That upsets both current and former students.

"She pretty much did everything she possibly could to help this school and help the students," Andy Stallard, a former student, said.

Some students call her the reason they graduated from Marquand High School.

"She's a very important role model to a lot of people and I really think this is wrong what they are doing to her," Phillips said.

Marquand Superintendent John Boyd says he cannot comment on personnel issues.

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