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2/17/06-Lindale

Lindale ISD Will Not Renew More Than 20 Contracts Next Year

An emotional day on Lindale ISD campuses. More than a dozen teachers were told, they will not have jobs next year. For weeks, Lindale ISD employees were anxiously waiting to hear if they would have a job next school year.

Friday morning, 12 teachers and 9 aides received word they would be let go. The decision to make cuts came after the discovery of a $2.9 million deficit this year.

The teacher we spoke with were understandably upset and didn't want to go on camera. But, they said they couldn't believe what was happening at the district.

The Assistant Superintendent, Jim Bernard, said teachers heard from their principals, their contracts would not be renewed in August. That means they will be able to finish out the year, if they choose.

Bernard says the majority of those who were let go will be from the secondary schools. The 21 who heard the news today is a lot less than previously thought. In earlier meetings, school board members thought they'd have to cut up to 55 jobs. But since then, 17 teachers have resigned lowering the number of that must be cut. He says that's normal turnover within their school district.

Parents became aware of the job cuts when they picked up their kids from school. Sheila Elder a Parent of Lindale Student says, "with them letting them go like that they are going to lack in some areas of education that they are going to need in the future."

Monica Combs, Freshman at Lindale High School says, "I'm going to miss her because she was the funniest teacher. She was new this year and she made everything fun, she was a great teacher."

"It kills everyone all of us to let go of somebody. You have to make those decisions and not based them on your heart but what you have to do to survive. We don't have the money and we don't have an option in that. We will do everything we can to help find these teachers jobs in other locations," says Assistant Superintendent Bernard.

He did say they have received commitment letters from 5 other area school districts, who will look at Lindale teachers first, if they have positions available. Next week, the school board will finalize the personnel cuts.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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