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Parents are upset after teacher let go

BEMENT -- A science teacher's contract is not renewed, but it's not because of budget cuts.
BEMENT -- A science teacher's contract is not renewed, but it's not because of budget cuts. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine reports.

Amanda Earles says, "Last year I didn't hear anything about science. This year,  every week it’s something new."

She says her daughter Savannah Banks went from a "D" to an "A" in science, all because of her teacher, Mallory Brittenham.

"I have loved being here at Bement. The staff is like a family," says Brittenham.

"She approaches things differently. Instead of textbooks, it's more hands-on, let's learn and they do learn better that way," says Earles.

Despite that vote of confidence, apparently it wasn't enough. The school board voted not to renew her contract.

"I was shocked and it made me kind of disappointed," says 6th grader Savannah Banks.

The superintendent says it was a personnel issue and the decision was strictly based on performance and evaluations. In Brittenham's first year she had two evaluations and both show her to be proficient.

Brittenham says, "I felt happy, pretty pleased with my proficient scores on both of my evaluations I was given. Obviously there’s always room for improvement and, as a new teacher and I take those in stride and want those advices, but I was happy to know that I was doing what I needed to do for the school district to help the student be more successful."

Parents say they appreciate her hard work and her students are showing it through these letters and drawings.

Brittenham says, "Whether I have a job or not next year, this is what makes it worth it. I can sleep at night knowing that."
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