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SCS Teachers Afraid They Won't Be Rehired

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A Shelby County Schools teacher says the district made a humiliating suggestion after informing her, she no longer had a job.

Myrtle Malone is a Level 5 teacher with 41 years of experience.  She says she was told to apply for food stamps, after receiving a letter Tuesday stating she would not have a job next school year.

The school district is maintaining that people like Malone could still be rehired before the first bell rings.

But to Malone, that's not good enough.

"I went to a meeting today and they told me how to fill out an application for food stamps.  I have never been so humiliated in all the days of my life,” says Malone, a lifelong educator.

Malone tells FOX13 she's unemployed after checking her mail Tuesday.

"I got a letter from the superintendent indicating my position no longer exists," she says.

Malone is a teacher at Gordon Elementary, one of the Shelby County schools that was closed after last school year.  She and other teachers in her position voiced their opinions to board members at a meeting Tuesday night.

One of Malone’s fellow teachers told board members, “It's my belief we are being treated like draft picks, which means you can make a proven player like LeBron James a free agent and replace with a cheaper, unproven draft pick."

Malone told board members, "If I wanted food stamps, I didn't need to go to college."

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says 582 displaced teachers whose schools have closed have been rehired since February and hundreds of other teachers will have the same opportunity.

"Currently, we have 200 vacancies and anticipate another 200 to 400 more vacancies before the school year," says Hopson.

But Malone is worried because of her age; she won't be given a fair chance.

Malone says, "What's going to happen to our boys and girls?  We need some experienced teachers and I feel I have a lot to offer."

Superintendent Hopson says last year, all but about 40 displaced teachers found jobs before the school year began.

Meantime, Malone is concerned because she says her benefits will be cut off, August 31st.

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