Bad news about the economy and school district layoff woes is a downer in any case. But, it always hurts worse to hear the personal stories because, let’s face it, losing your job especially if you have a family to support is a scary scary thing. And it seems more real when you see and hear from those who suffered a direct hit. (And I know many of you reading are personally struggling as a result of this thing — I hear folks talking about it in line at the grocery store and in the stands at the kids’ sports games.)
This morning I was listening to KERA’s report about the job fair held yesterday for DISD casualties. Reporter BJ Austin interviewed the former assistant principal from neighborhood high school Bryan Adams, who was recruited from the classroom into his administrative position before getting pink slipped last week. Vega, the father of three, said his wife took it harder than he did, and when Austin asked Vega if he’d like to say anything to his wife, Vega responded that he’d like her to stop crying. Yeah, these are the stories going on all around the district. Ouch.