Grappling with a continuing plunge in revenue, Board Chairman Paul Jaure had repeatedly warned that CBC was a business and that staff cutbacks might be necessary.
Upon returning to their seats after meeting in executive session for more than two hours, board members could be best described as resembling a jury about to render a guilty verdict in a capital murder trial.
Most of the members of the audience, who overtaxed the board room’s air conditioning and found copies of the agenda could be used as makeshift fans, returned when the board resumed its open meeting.
But if they expected the board to announce the names of those whose contracts were not being renewed, they were disappointed. Jaure adjourned the meeting without comment and board members hastily left the administration building under the careful eyes of a Beeville policeman brought in by the board for crowd control.
Jeanene Jones, a business division chair who was among those not named, tried to comfort two of her students who were in tears over the prospect of losing their favorite instructor.
“Enough of this,” she told them, “you have homework.”