Benton Harbor teachers waiting to hear if they will have jobs next fall

Benton Harbor, Mich. It was an exciting day for students, but for some staff, it was a day filled with worry because it could be their last.

That's because 50 percent of Benton Harbor High School teachers and administrators will be let go.

The high school principal says it's all part of a turnaround plan with the goal of improving student achievement.

“Everybody knows what the expectations are and they really did a lot of work to improve the instruction here, however still the state says 50 percent has to go,” says Benton Harbor High School Principal, Kathy Brooks.

Every teacher was given a pink slip back in April. After that, each teacher had an interview with the superintendent. By Friday, they will know if they will be let go.

“Benton Harbor has been at the bottom in student achievement for a number of years and in order to be competitive we have got to change the way we are doing business. You know, our product is our product and a good product is what sells,” says Brooks.

Friday is "teacher record day "where the teachers have to finalize their grades. All of the teachers should know if they will be coming back next year by the end of the working day.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WNDU - Channel 16 54516 State Road 933 South Bend, IN 46637 Front Desk: 574-284-3000 Newsroom: 574-284-3016 Email:
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 210293111 -