Job fair held before classes begin at suspended Head Start

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A job fair was held Tuesday by the Community Development Institute for those who wish to apply to or rejoin the staff at PACE Head Start in Forrest County.

Around 100 applicants were at the fair, which was held at the W.H. Jones campus. After CDI took over the program as interim agency in July, all 150 or more employees were fired.

A representative with CDI said the agency hopes to have all faculty and staff positions filled by the first day of classes on Monday, August 25.

Attempts to reach the Administration for Children and Families, which oversees CDI, were unsuccessful at the time this article was originally posted.

The administration suspended all federal financial assistance to the Forrest County based PACE on July 24. It said the organization did not have an effective system in place to ensure the safety of children after an alleged sexual child abuse went unreported.

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