Memorial H.S. orchestra director reinstated


by SHERN-MIN CHOW/ 11 News

Posted on December 18, 2010 at 12:34 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 18 at 12:36 AM

HOUSTON -- A popular Memorial High School orchestra director has been reinstated.  He returned to teaching Friday, Dec. 17 after being on administrative leave.

The Spring Branch Independent School District was investigating parent complaints about Bingieee Shui's discipline methods. Those included having students bend over with their backs to the class, and drawing the alphabet with their rear ends.

SBISD said it has "addressed concerns regarding the Memorial High Orchestra program." It declined to explain further saying this was a personnel matter.
Shiu said "I am pleased that Spring Branch ISD has completed its investigation and that I am back in the classroom."

Their full statements follow.
The original investigation was triggered by parents who found out Shiu had taken his wife and two sons on annual orchestra trips paid for by parent funds, without the general knowledge of the parents. This had gone on for 16 years.
SBISD also tells 11 News, its police department has completed its investigation into financial issues with the orchestra and has turned over that information to the Harris County District Attorney's office.

Spring Branch I.S.D.’s Statement   12/15/2010
“Spring Branch ISD has looked into and addressed concerns regarding the Memorial High Orchestra program. Orchestra Director Bingiee Shiu has been reinstated and will return to the classroom.  SBISD and the high school appreciate the support shown for the high school’s orchestra program and we look forward to focusing on the future success of all of our students.”

Memorial High School Orchestra Director Bingiee Shiu’ Statement 12/17/2010
"I am pleased that Spring Branch ISD has completed its investigation and that I am back in the classroom.  I look forward to moving ahead with teaching these great students and continuing the outstanding Orchestra Program at Memorial.  I am very grateful and want to thank the many community parents, students and graduates who have overwhelmingly expressed their support of me and what we do in our Orchestra Program."