So, I took a personal day on Friday so that I could travel back to PA for a fun weekend and some time away from DC. Mondays in school are pretty hectic since they're short days (kids dismiss at 1245) and I really didn't get to see my teammates at all yesterday. So today at recess I got hit with a bombshell.
Last week the county sent out it's projections for staffing based on it's current situation. For those of you who don't know, my district is in a world of hurt thanks to the housing market crash that occurred here this year. Unlike other districts, we rely HEAVILY on property taxes to fund our education. We have an operating budget that is over the billion (yup I said billion) dollar mark. Well, thanks to the downward spiral, and a screw up by the state last year which left us about 17 million dollars short for our school year last year, our county is making lots of cuts. Naturally, some of these cuts involve employees. (Although ironically of all the staffing cuts I've heard, I haven't heard of any on the administrative level... hmmm... cutting teachers and IA's is a better option eh?)
Well, in our projection last week, the county told us that we need to cut 2.5 positions, which means that two full time teachers, and one half-time teacher were destaffed. Destaffing occurs based on number of years experience within the county.
Let's just say that I didn't dodge the bullet by much. If numbers continue to drop and our district requires more cuts, there is only one person standing between me and the axe. While I don't anticipate that the numbers will drop that drastically, it's still not a nice feeling to have the possibility of losing your job hanging over your head. I just moved my job last year, so I really don't want to have to move again. It was enough of a scare to raise my stress level and my blood pressure a little bit. I really wish today was a day where CrossFit was having an evening class. I could really use some stress relief! Oi! Ignorance really is bliss.....