SAN ANTONIO - The South San Antonio Independent School District's controversial decision in late April to shut down three of its campuses has teachers who work at those schools worried about their jobs.
Some of them were asked to attend an internal job fair this weekend, which would place them in different schools throughout the district. However, not all of them are guaranteed a spot.
One teacher with the district, who chose not to be named, works at Athens Elementary School.
Athens is one of the three schools set to close over the summer, bringing the number of schools in the district down from 16 to 13.
The closures will reportedly save money and address drops in enrollment, but many in the community were unhappy with the decision.
Some became even more upset, when last week, teachers working at those schools received a letter in the mail scheduling them for the internal job fair.
According to the district, the job fair pairs teachers up with principals of others schools within the district to discuss their qualifications and certificates for open positions.
The Athens Elementary school teacher told KENS 5 the district had initially told some teachers they would be consolidated to different schools with their students.
“We feel like we’ve been lied to,” said the teacher. “The parents feel the same way. They said one thing, but then they do another. It’s very upsetting and confusing to everyone.”
Jocelyn Durand, a South San ISD spokesperson, said the process is "a moving target."
“We don’t know exactly how many positions we’re going to have to move and how many positions are available,” she said.
“People are deciding to retire, and really, a large amount will decide that as we move closer to the summer and before school starts,” Durand said.
Durand said the job fair is intended to keep those candidates in consideration, in case positions do come available.
“It’s sort of a waiting game, waiting for those positions to open up,” she said.
That’s something frustrating for teachers, who want more clarity.
“Teachers need their job security. They need to be told the truth and what’s going to happen,” said the Athens Elementary School teacher.
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