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BISD hosts job fair, more than 100 teachers present
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
A number of Beaumont school district teachers tonight are taking their futures into their own hands.
Monday, the board is scheduled to vote on eliminating more than two hundred jobs, including those of many teachers.
Today, a number of BISD educators attended a job fair hosted by the district, some have a positive outlook despite the questions about their future.
Welcome to the BISD job fair, where more than 60 employers are guiding BISD teachers on their journey toward finding new jobs.
David Spencer is an orchestra teacher at South Park and King middle schools.
He began his journey Tuesday morning.
"It was one of the positions that was discontinued, not sure if I'm going to be back or not so I'm just trying to be prepared," Spencer says.
Preparations organizers say are critical when you're out of a job.
"Don't wait until your unemployment runs out, you have to be proactive from day one in trying to find another job," Marilyn Smith, executive director at Workforce Solutions said.
Spencer is following suit, in fact interviewers have already spoken with him at this job fair.
"They went well and hopefully I'll get a call from them soon and I'll call too," Spencer said.
During a time when many teachers are bitter about cuts voted on at Monday's board meeting, Spencer says he's making the best of it.
"There's nothing to be bitter about, things change and things happen and you have to move on," Spencer says.
A bittersweet change, BISD was his first teaching job and nurtured a love for his students.
"The main reason I kept coming back year after year is because of them and if there's anything I could do to stay, they would be the reason I would be staying," Spencer says.
Workforce Solutions is asking anyone who could not attend the job fair to contact their office at 1-800-877-834-JOBS or check out their website at www.setworks.org
The organization plans to host another job fair at the end of next month.