"Excessed" DCPS Employees Compete for Jobs at Transfer Fair

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    The D.C. Public School employees that received the notices that their jobs were being "excessed," as it is called, will be able to reapply for other openings in the school system.

    At Wednesday's "transfer fair," as it was called, more than 300 employees crowded into a large school auditorium where principals from more than 60 schools collected resumes and conducted mini-interviews.

    Teachers were also asked to bring along their evaluation forms from last year. Brittany Cox, one employee browsing positions at the fair, said the last three weeks at school have been stressful with everyone wondering whose job would be cut.

    "Knowing that you had to essentially compete against your colleagues to maintain your position, that was awkward," she said.

    Gregory Lewis, a music teacher, said he was disappointed that of the nine schools listed as looking for a vocal music teacher, only one principal was interested in hiring.

    "Or the schools that were there stated that their names should not be on the list," he said.

    Principals are expected to make their hiring decisions by July 1.

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