Band teacher laid off due to budget cuts
MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida band teacher as been laid off after budget cuts in Broward County.
Everglades High School band director Marcos Rodriguez packed his stuff Thursday after being laid off due to the budget cut situation in Broward County. "This has put a strain on my marriage, and I have my first child on the way," said Rodriguez.
Band students are not happy to loose their only band teacher. "The fact that he's going through so much in his own personal life right now, and then he has to go through this. Loosing a job in general is not a good feeling," said Michael Nelomes.
Hundreds of teachers gathered to protest education cuts at a Fort Lauderdale rally several weeks ago.
In the last five years, the high school has had three different band directors, and the changes are affecting the students and the program. "I had a director last year and then I have to change again, and if I go to the next grade, I have to change again then I have to restart all over again. And that means I have a new band director every year in my school year so far," said student Nikko Wasserman.
Dozens of students wrote letters to Rodriguez on his last day hoping something could be done. "Dear Mr. Rodriguez, I appreciate everything you have done for me and the band," read Rodriguez.
"I don't think that we could ever replace Mr. Rodriguez," Nelomes said.
The county does not know who will replace Rodriguez but said, in order for him to be considered for the position, Rodriguez has to reapply. "It's scary and upsetting. It's hard not to cry, and this is probably the last time I see these kids," said Rodriguez.
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