A catering colleague with 22 years service was offered just pound;6,000 severance, she says. Mrs Manuel has just eight years' employment behind her.
Claire will not be going to Whitehill Secondary, the destiny of some John Street pupils.
Schoolgirl Diane Watson was fatally stabbed in the playground there seven years ago and Mrs Manuel fears a similar incident could occur. "I'm worried there will be problems in the playground when new kids arrive."
At the very least, children used to a school which is two-thirds empty will feel lost in whichever of the three designated schools becomes their new home, says Mrs Manuel. In John Street the headteacher knows every single child by name.
"It's very demoralising for all the community in Bridgeton. This is the centre of life in here. At Christmas children take food parcels to old folk and put on concerts for them. Without the school, people might ask what is the point in living here."