By Elsa Maxey
There was not a clear choice among members of the political arm of the Fort Bend Employee Federation, the COPE Committee, except for one. FBISD Candidate for Position 5 Jonita Reynolds received the nod for endorsement. She is running against Patsy Taylor for the position being vacated by Laurie Caldwell. Taylor did not submit a questionnaire to the employee federation, which made her ineligible for endorsement.
Positions one and four remain without endorsement. “They don’t know much about Wade Watassek, and Kevin Daniels is new on the scene,” said Karrie Washenfelder, the employee federation’s president about the COPE Committee. “It would be better if they could speak to and learn more about the candidates one-on-one.”
All the FBISD board candidates, according to the organization’s field organizer Anthony Lacsamana, will be invited to a workshop for laid off teachers and the COPE Committee members will also be there. It’s been set for next week on Thursday, April 21, at 5 p.m. at their offices on 12621 W Airport Blvd, Suite 800.
“Any teacher that has been riffed is welcome to attend,” said Lacsamana. He also said that representatives from the Texas Workforce Commission will be
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there to offer options as a resource. “A lot of those teachers don’t know what options or rights they have with the school district and it’s a real tragedy for many of them, who may just retire,” he said.
Referring to how this has become an unstable profession, Lacsamana said that it is the second year this has been done in this industry as he referred to last year’s reduction in force by FBISD with about the same number of district employees whose positions have been eliminated thus far for the upcoming school year.
Could an endorsement come for FBISD board positions one and four after the employee federation’s workshop? “We’ve never endorsed in mid-race after our initial endorsement,” said Washenfelder.
For FBISD’s west side Position 1, incumbent Sue Hohnbaum faces Wade Watassek and for the At-Large Position 4, incumbent Daniel Menendez is running for re-election against Bruce Albright, Kevin Daniels and Rodrigo Carreon.