BISD hosts career fair for teachers who may lose their jobs

Christopher Woodall has been teaching algebra at West Brook High School for the past 5 years. He graduated from West Brook and says he loves where he works, but now his job and means of supporting his family is up in the air.

"I don't think any of us are truly sure if we're the ones going to be cut or not. And I think it's the uncertainty that's killer more than anything else," Woodall said.
Woodall was one of about 200 who attended a job fair Tuesday for Beaumont Independent School District employees who may be among those losing their jobs after the district voted Monday to cut hundreds of positions.

"My life has always been spent in Beaumont, and basically with this (Reduction in Force) it's become an upheaval," said Woodall.

The job fair was held at the BISD Administration Annex building next to Smith Middle School. It was put on by the school district with the help of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas. Representatives with more than 60 businesses had tables set up, with a wide variety companies offering anything from sales positions to temp work.

Of course many on hand were from outlying school districts and educational institutions, one flying in all the way from Midland, Texas.

"Specifically for teachers we're probably looking for about 45 or so at this point. We've met some great applicants, very nice people," said Ed Zachary with Midland ISD.

Woodall said he would prefer to not have to move away from Southeast Texas for a new teaching job.

"Uprooting a family is kind of a big deal, but I"ll do whatever is necessary to provide for my family," he said.

Woodall also said he appreciates the gesture, but is upset that a job fair had to be held in the first place.

"I just wish it didn't have to come to this, it's people's lives that are being affected," he said.

School district employees were originally supposed to be notified of whether or not they'd be losing their jobs before Tuesday's job fair, but they had to wait because the actual vote on the cuts had to be delayed a couple of times.

The board of trustees is scheduled to vote on exactly who will be laid off at the June 30 meeting.


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