Panama City- It was a tense afternoon Thursday for a group of about thirty tenured Bay County teachers as they met with the district to find out what their futures possibly hold.
At the meeting district officials gave them options- either retire early or choose from other open teaching positions.
A single mother and a veteran of ten years at Arnold High School, Angelea Rice said she came to Thursday's meeting with high hopes of finding something else.
"I have to stay positive," said Rice.
But out of the two dozen or so available jobs, she said she only qualified for one.
"How am I going to provide for him (son), how am I going to give him the future that he deserves?," asked Rice.
Although these teachers aren't guaranteed a job, at least they have a better chance than the 122 annually contracted teachers who got pink slips last week.
"If annual contract people were cut loose they are cut loose," said Bay School District Human Resources and Employee Support Services Executive Director Sharon Michalik.
Bay School District Superintendent Bill Husfelt said cutting jobs is not an easy thing to do but it's something that has to be done.
"We just can't keep everything the way it's always been," said Husfelt.
The teachers at Thursday's meeting were able to start applying for any open positions within their certification. Monday 5/14 is their deadline to apply for early retirement. Any other open positions will be up for grabs on May 21st.