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.


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