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Hundreds of Head Start employees who lost jobs attend hiring fair

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

WLOX obtained new information on the future of teachers and staff who lost their jobs at Harrison County Head Start.

More than 260 employees had worked for Head Start under the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency. Close to 240 of those employees attended a hiring fair Monday at the Courtyard Marriott in Gulfport. They applied for the positions they held before the Action Agency lost its $9 million federal grant to run Head Start last week.

The agency's termination was tied to allegations of child abuse and corporal punishment that surfaced a year ago. The interim operator, Community Development Institute Head Start, has already conducted background checks on those former employees. Monday's event was basically an orientation and training session. On Tuesday, they can turn in their applications and find out the same day if they will be rehired.

CDI plans to keep the same number of teaching staff and eliminate three, non-teaching positions. The salary levels used by the GCCAA will also remain. Those who couldn't attend the job fair Monday will have another opportunity to apply on January 4.

As the company finalizes the hiring process, it will also obtain state licensing for the facilities and arrange for the transfer of buses. Head Start classes are scheduled to resume the first week of January. As WLOX reported last week, CDI expects to keep all the centers open and keep the children in the same classrooms.

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