It was told that next year, there will be job cuts that this district has never had to approach before...jobs will be cut that they have never dreamed of cutting. That being said, it makes me slightly nervous. The high school art teacher is planning on teaching one more year and then retiring, so I suppose worse case scenario, I'm cut or brought down to 50% until she leaves, as she has more seniority.
Our budget needs to be approved by the board by next week, so I'm sure we'll find out who will be getting pink slips by then.
As far as I know, art only needs to be offered to 4th-6th grade, 7th grade and there has to be a studio art class offered as well in NYS. That means I could be cut to 50%...however I know that would be a problem because the music and gym department can't pick up the slack without hiring another teacher for free periods...that's the one thing that keeps me hanging on.
Maybe they'll offer the high school teacher a retirement incentive...chances are I'd become a K-12 teacher or at least full time, and someone else would be hired at a very part time rate.
How many of you have faced this before? I obviously have always known that it could happen to me, given the subject of choice that I wanted to teach. At this point, I am taking everything with a grain of salt until everything is figured out. I have the feeling though, that this will be a very stressful end of the year now. Waiting to see if the budget will pass our finicky public will be hard. They have not had a raise in school taxes in about 10 years. Our budget last year wasn't passed because there was going to be a raise in taxes for the public. It will be interesting to see how things go...