The very first thing the attendees were told was that nothing would change (later it was implied that it was their own fault for where they found themselves).
One teacher very frustrated said, you know what I can find another job in another district.
Sonnita Young the district’s director of human resources matter-of-factly replied, well we lose good teachers all the time.
I wonder if it took restraint from her not to say, well don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split ya.
I hope you don’t think I am making light of her remarks. These teachers were recruited to transfer or begged to stay at some of our more challenging schools; schools were gains and job security are often in short supply. Just the year before the teacher above was considered one of the best the district has and now at a hastily called meeting they were being told, go ahead and take off we’ll get by without you.
These teachers were justifiably and understandably upset at the fact they were told they were getting a bonus one day and then not the next. This frustration was compounded by the district blaming many of them for not checking their my accountability report and saying that mistakes could no longer be fixed. You know because the district has a deadline for fixing mistakes.
Mrs. Young’s dismissal of these teachers frustration and her shrugging her shoulders at the possibility of one of our best teachers leaving is indicative of the administration. They don’t value nor do they appreciate teachers. All we are to Mrs, Young and the district is easily replaceable cogs.
Mrs. Young is right, we do lose good teachers all the time and she is part of the reason why.