He receives WHO award at CTA banquet

Times are tough at Taft Union High School, evident by the eight teachers who recently received layoff notices.

One of those teachers who pink-slipped was honored by his co-workers recently. Jarrudd Prosser received the WHO (We Honor Our Own) Award at a California Teachers Association Sierra Service Center banquet in Bakersfield on March 8. Ironically, part of the reason Prosser was being honored by his fellow TUHS teachers was his work to save jobs.

"Jarudd has worked tirelessly to promote our local chapter and do what it takes to see it succeed," read the nomination. "He has filled in as the Association President when needed, and performed admirably. Recently, he spearheaded the work to formulate an attrition incentive the District Board was willing to accept."

But the administrations still sent out pink slips to an undisclosed number of teachers, and Prosser was one of them.

"Unfortunately, his tireless drive was not enough, and he ended up working hard to save jobs only to be pink-slipped himself,” the nomination continued. "His selfless actions and hard worked saved numerous jobs at Taft Union High School, and he should be commended for his diligent efforts on behalf of the Taft Union High School Teachers Association."