BISD Offers Job Fair to Teachers Uncertain of Layoff
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.