On Thursday evening, the Edgewood Independent School District voted unanimously to stand behind the superintendent's recommendations to support a program change, which would close 32 positions.
Earlier Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Jose Cervantes made several recommendations for restructuring the district, including moving and closing some positions.
The positions closed were instructional support employees, curriculum specialists, including a bilingual specialist, a dyslexia specialist, and a high school math specialist.
Albert Martinez, a student who showed up to the meeting to show support for a former teacher, said he was disappointed to find out his teacher lost his job.
"That's why I came to see if they would approve it," said Martinez. "And, since they have, it hurts."
District officials said the changes made Thursday were to support a program change, but that all factors played into a reduction of staff.
"This is just a part of the ongoing, evolving of schools at times when positions change and the direction for the initiative and the focus of the instruction," said Eddie Ramirez, Executive Director of District Operations. "But, it will not impact any classroom in reference to reduction of teachers."
Many teachers at the meeting did not want to comment on camera, but Richard Macias, a teacher at Kennedy High School, said he was shocked.
"There was no need to have done this because our teachers work hard," said Macias. "And, our STAAR test is coming up and we need more teachers."
Administrators said the move will save the district an estimated $2 million, but they will be hiring some of these employees back with a few newly created positions.