Unfortunately, I expect we’ll hear more stories like this in the coming months.
On Thursday, many teachers in the Fort Bend Independent School District got the letter they had dreaded.
It was notification from Rhonda McWilliams, the district’s chief human resources officer, that their jobs will be slashed after the current school year.
“Unfortunately, your position has been identified for reduction, and you will not be offered a contract of employment for the 2010-2011 school year,” the letter reads.
The layoff plan is targeting about 450 positions districtwide, including non-teaching jobs.
As we know, Fort Bend is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state. Does it make sense for them to be looking to shed employees, especially teachers, like this? Now, some of the commenters on that story are claiming that the FBISD administration is dysfunctional, and maybe that’s true. I don’t live there, I don’t know. I do know that their financial pressures are real, and that if we had a sensible school finance system, they wouldn’t be in such a tough situation. The question is, what are we going to do about that? The status quo isn’t working. It’s up to us to fix it. Juanita has more.