School Counselor Plans Yard Sale
School counselor bites the dust.
By Phil Eager, M.Ed., N.C.C.
I was just laid off from my school counseling job! I know denial, anger, blame, ambivalence, and acceptance, oh did I forget bargaining? We’ll get to bargaining or lack of when I mention the union. The weak union that is.
I work in a small eastern Washington wheat town. The town’s population is six hundred or so, depending on who’s counting. The student population is 200 preschool – 12th grade. There is a full time principal and a full time superintendent. Together their combined income is well over 200,000. They did not get laid off. Hmmm – I wonder why? Who worked on this budget?
Perhaps I should bargain with the unions help? The union offers me no hope. I am in my 1st year in this school district. I am a Washington State certified school counselor with 16 years of experience. The problem is that this experience and seniority means nothing when you start at a new district. Because I am new I am considered to be on provisional status and the district lays those hired most recently off first.
I am not alone. Our small school is also laying off two certified teachers and SIX classified employees! The budget shortfall is because we have about one fifth less students than they projected. Well the cuts seem to be greater than that but what do I know?
The real satisfaction of a job well done came recently to me when I was visiting with a group of elementary students at breakfast. They had heard I was going to be let go. They were sad. One student said “don’t worry, I am going to have a yard sale for you so you can stay” another student chimed in “I am going to sell flowers so we can keep you”.
I sure don’t see the children wanting to do this extra work to save the administration. Oh I forgot they have their jobs. I may be without a job but at least I have my pride. I better get busy planning my own yard sale as the bills keep coming.
This post was submitted by Phil.