Tenured Bay County Teachers Given Job Options

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

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.

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  • by James Location: Lynn Haven on May 14, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    Why doesn't BDS cut some of the useless positions at the district office and resource teachers?? These positions do not effect the students like losing teachers would.
  • by Broken Location: PCB on May 11, 2012 at 08:02 PM
    I have to say that Florida has the worst system for teachers in the United States. Apparently for the first five years of their career they are basically fired at the end of every year. They then have to apply for open positions the next year. How many of the rest of us would work for any job that we were guaranteed to lose and have to reapply for every year. And we wonder why we lose so many incredible Teachers!
  • by carla Location: pcb on May 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    Of the teachers given pink slips friday, are these jobs open to the teachers at meeting on thursday?
  • by Carla Location: Callaway on May 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM
    I agree with you Michelle. Technology is great but at what expense? And come to think of it, the current students are actually doing worse even with all of these extras. I say go back to the basics, cut the school board's salaries, and keep the teachers.
  • by Neil on May 11, 2012 at 07:15 AM
    My wife just got her teaching degree from University of Phoenix. I hope they got a spot for her even if they have to cut loose some of these others. Im a veteran and maybe we can get preference.
  • by concerned Location: pcb on May 11, 2012 at 04:46 AM
    I've gotten THE letter every year except for two times. Welcome to the club it's not fun.......I guess tenured means nothing,but it doesn't surprise me I knew it was coming. So sad for all. :(
  • by Michelle Location: Callaway on May 11, 2012 at 03:59 AM
    what I don't understand is why all the teachers are loosing there jobs? they study hard for years, only to loose the fight to budgets. I understand about budgets, but why not take all this money that is being spent on building new schools or adding in all this expensive equiptment and give it to the teachers. Its funny as parents when we went to school all we needed was books, paper and a pencil and we learned just fine. and teachers cared, and nowadays we wonder why they dont anymore? think about it, do we need fancy things in the classroom, new fancy buildings or do we need teachers who really care and love to be with children, and want to show up everyday. Think about it!!!!
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      by half cent sales tax on May 11, 2012 at 08:16 AM in reply to Michelle
      The new technology being installed in the classrooms and the school renovations are being paid for by the half cent sales tax. That money CANNOT be used for teacher's salaries or anthying else for that matter per the way the tax revenues are dispursed.
  • by anonymous on May 10, 2012 at 08:36 PM
    just a thought....cut the school board members salary and use it to keep some more teachers. They do all the work!
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      by Salaries on May 11, 2012 at 08:30 AM in reply to anonymous
      The state sets school board members salaries by the size of the school district, not the school district itself. Cuts would have to come from Tallahassee.
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        by linda on May 11, 2012 at 02:18 PM in reply to Salaries
        Correct me if wrong, but wasn't John McFatter's first motion as new bd member several yrs ago for an increase to the current salary. Why can't someone propose a salary decrease?
  • by Lee Location: PC on May 10, 2012 at 07:21 PM
    There are teaching positions available at Bay Haven and North Bay Haven.
  • by carla Location: pcb on May 10, 2012 at 06:34 PM
    I would first like to say, Bryan Anderson, was very sensitive to the feelings of the many shocked teachers I noticed in attendence at this meeting. Most all job openings were ESE or Autistic. Many, or most teachers were very worried and several were in tears, very sad.
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