Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I Quit

Well, I did get rehired. The union threw a fit because the administration did not follow contract with my dismissal. I don't want to stick around next year if the principal feels he needs to keep me on a short leash.

I had a couple interviews. The town I grew up in was one. The other is run by one of my Brothers. The ring opened the door but I was really prepared. I floored them. I knew things about their department that they didn't. I was charming. I was 100% full on. I had 3 interviews with 5 people over 3 days. (I was also very aware that I was interviewing with the various secretaries at every door.) My last interview was to talk salary. I knew they pay better. We negotiated by the boxes and I got exactly the box I would have landed in at the old job. I could have gone down a box and still made more.

I have a verbal agreement waiting for a CORI check to clear and in a day I should have a contract. I'm going to one of the top schools in the state and one of the original US News & World Reports top 200 High Schools. I'm also getting an administration that supports the teachers. There is no duty in the first year I just teach. After that there is no lunch duty, just study hall. They pay 3% up to $800 in 403(b). They pay 80% (swamp pays 60%) of the health and 70% (swamp pays 0%) dental. I also got a $5,000 raise (when you take into consideration that 20% difference in the insurance payment.)

I am a happy man but also saddened. The commute is the same amount of time but it takes me even further away from Marblehead and the city. I am also walking away from a bullet proof reputation within the community. And I would float. I wouldn't have my own classroom. But I think I do get a private office. It's still a better deal.

So ultimately I win by losing. I am unwilling to risk my career as a pawn between the union and the principal. I can't stay. The upside is I got a fucking raise.

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Blogger Adorable Girlfriend said...

Good for you, Sweetie! I am really happy for you. It's important to be happy both with the work and the salary.

I know one of the things that brought me to Philadelphia was the free health insurance. FREE. Heatlh Insurance. Not to mention the salary, bonus, and sign-on bonus.

Jun 19, 2008, 8:34:00 AM  
Blogger Paul R. McNamee said...

Cheers to you!

Jun 19, 2008, 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger RicketyFunk said...

So wait, you didn't really want to leave your current position even though they only seemed to want to keep you around to jerk you around? I'm confused.

(Unless you're one of those people who enjoys suffering. (for your art))

Jun 20, 2008, 4:08:00 PM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

It wasn't the community jerking me around. I had a great rapport with the parents and press. The decision was political and came from two people who could threaten my career the most. Let's say you have 2 teachers teaching the same subject and one of them runs rings around the other to the point that there were 8 phone calls that I know about from parents demanding their kid be moved to my class. Now as a principal trying to run out the clock on his contract quietly so he can retire with a principals salary on the teachers pension what do you do? Do you arrange for the good teacher to lead the lessor? Do you pressure the poor performing teacher who happens to have rented a house in Newport back in college with the superintendent to improve?

No, you fire the reason why the phone rings and give tenure early to the teacher who leaves every day at exactly 2:30.

I'll have a more detailed post about what's wrong in education in this country in the next few days.

Jun 21, 2008, 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done for taking a strong stand. Your position was untenable but it still takes guts to move.

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Jun 25, 2008, 3:09:00 PM  
Blogger Adorable Girlfriend said...

It has been a few days, love! Please put down the XBox and come back to your Internet friends. :)

Jun 30, 2008, 5:55:00 PM  

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