This is a first. The school board failed to pass a budget before the teacher contracts were handed out. I watched 3-1/2 hours of the board meeting last night. They didn’t name a new principal to my school, either.
It’s a bit unsettling to be expected to sign and return a binding employment contract when you don’t know what your salary will be, who your boss will be or what you’ll be doing for the next twelve months. Of course the language is written so that the school board holds all the cards and can cancel the contract for any variety of reasons. You, on the other hand, are only allowed to break the contract under a very limited set of circumstances without the fear of having your teaching license revoked.
I did sign on the dotted line because I know I’ll be in the media center next year. That’s a given. I can also calculate that under a worst case scenario, my salary will drop by $250/month. Not ideal, but I can live with that. The kicker and potential deal breaker will the person put in charge of the school next year. I will transfer, find a new job and/or accept the consequences of a mid-year resignation if necessary. Life is too short to continue putting up with the shenanigans going on in education today. The kids and I deserve better than we’re getting.