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Students plan protest ahead of Monday's BISD meeting
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
The fate of more than 200 BISD teachers is in the hands of the Beaumont school board, Monday, they're expected to vote on a final RIF list.
Sunday, students behind the Save Fine Arts and stop teacher cuts movement were planning for the protest, including those who have parents whose name is on the list.
"I think about my mom and the other teachers who might be losing their jobs as the school district makes these decisions," 12-year-old Xander Martin said.
It's what is going through Martin's mind as he works on a protest sign getting ready for Monday's meeting where the board will not only vote on a final RIF list but also the superintendent's severance pay totaling more than 200 thousand dollars.
"I don't think it's fair at all because we should probably cut some people's pay checks," Martin said.
Martin is only 12-years-old, but some say he's wiser beyond his years.
"I'm sad because my mom and all the teachers that are on the list are going to have to lost their jobs," Martin said.
His dad AJ martin agrees, but says for their family it's goes deeper than losing a job.
"I'm more concerned about her students that don't just call her a teacher but on more than one occasion call her momma just like her own children do," AJ Martin said.
Martin says his wife Gina has been at Ozen High School for the past four years, helping underprivileged students even get scholarship monies.
"Some of the kids that she has don't have the best home life and they don't have a safe place to go and the theater that she provides for them does" AJ Martin says.
Students call Gina momma. Some were also here to help give one last push towards not only saving their teacher, but a theater program that has built up young adults.
"Open your eyes, look at what we started my mom's motto is take the stage leave a legacy and how we've taken the stand of protesting against BISD and how much we've multiplied and the legacy we are going to leave because we're not just going to leave in vain where no one will remember this, I know people will remember everyone who protests against the 2014-2015 jobs cuts of BISD," Xander Martin said.