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.

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4 Responses to “School Counselor Plans Yard Sale”

  • Jenny Says:

    I know the feeling Phil. I was let go last year here in Cali. As I type this email it has dawned on me that it has been a year that I was laid off. They would have never told me if it wasn’t for me hearing through the grapevine that something was up w/ my position. That is when I was notified that I was laid off since I cornered my Asst. Principal for a meeting. I just wanted to say I know the feeling. Hang in there.

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  • Doug Dean Says:

    With pure capitalism, or even with vouchers, you would have no problem. Just walk across the street and take a better job at another provate school while thumbing your nose at the incompetents you left behind.

    With 200 students, there is obviously no problem with demand. The problem is also not weak unions. The problem is exactly the reverse: powerful and corrupt unions that exist not to protect capable teachers like yourself (whose strong qualifications need little protection), but incompetent boobs who would be thrown out first in a truly competitive environment.

    Under the true competition afforded by capitalism, you could walk into any town with your resume and references and take a teaching job commanding a salary and seniority commesurate with your experience and ability.

    Think about it.

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  • Resa Says:

    How sweet of the children to offer to raise money so you could stay!!!!

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  • jobsinmelbourne Says:

    i really agree phil experience and seniority means nothing when you start at a new district. you are considered to be on provisional status and the district lays for those hired most recently off first.right?

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