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Teacher says she was cut before BISD board votes on RIF
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
In less than 24 hours, the Beaumont school board is expected to vote a policy that will detail which district jobs are on the chopping block.
But, some teachers say they've already been cut.
Logan and Kai are both BISD students, both on the Honor Roll at school and both are sons of a BISD teacher who was told last Monday she had to find a new job.
"I was called in by my principal and I was told because of the reduction enforce and the criteria, I would be the reading teacher identified on our campus to lose her job," Lonna Linden, a Vincent Middle School teacher said.
Linden has been with the district for nearly 16 years.
"I've grown up here and I'm at an age where a complete career change or an uproot is not really where I want to be."
She says she doesn't have a choice but was targeted unfairly
"I'm being retaliated against, I'm somebody they want to get rid of because I opened my mouth and said this is not right, this is not fair and I stuck to it," Linden says.
We asked this teacher if there was any reason why she might have lost her job other than the RIF, she told us after a 13-year career at Pathways Alternative School she was unexpectedly transferred to Vincent Middle School after speaking out about unfair conditions.
She says once at Vincent, her bosses didn't cooperate with her single parent needs.
"Some of the time I got in trouble for being late because I had to drop my kid off and there was no where for him to go," Linden said.
In an interview Friday, board president Gwen Ambres admitted she learned of a list with employee names on it, but she didn't agree with it.
"That's not the way the process works and I'm interested in guiding the board through process of RIF according to policy which is to concentrate on positions and not names," Ambres says.
But this teacher doesn't believe it.
"It was completely unfair, it was just, I had been wronged in so many ways, there was a lot of different things that went through my mind," Linden says.
"We have a third party in, an HR specialist, who has been through this before she is our cold eyes to make sure that whosoever name is on final list according to positions that they strictly meet criteria that's been set forth by policy," Amres assures.
No matter what reason Linden was given, she says right now her main concern is living.
"My income is it, and everything comes from mom, everything has to be paid by me in order to keep these two together safe healthy, they are excellent students," Linden says.
Keeping a family together while this teacher says she's paying the price for others' mistakes.
"I'll say a prayer for everybody, I'm praying for whatever happens tomorrow, I just trust and believe God is the author and the finisher of my faith," Linden said.
The board is expected to vote on the reduction in force at tomorrow night's board meeting.