Well the time has come that we have been dreading since March 15th. If you recall back then I posted how the school district my wife works at handed out 1,600 pink slips for the next year. They are required by law to notify by that date even though the budget is not final till end of June. So tomorrow is the last day for teachers effected and start the long summer of not knowing if you will be recalled or not. It puts a damper on things cause she really loves where she teaches but the unknown factor makes it hard to put out resumes or not. Last year we didn’t know until the day before school started and she was recalled.
At the moment is another little ray of hope that keeps the resumes at bay. The union has agreed and entered negotiations with the district, possibly foregoing raises this year and continuing the furloughs to bring back most if not all the teachers pink slipped. You see a few years ago they agreed to a contract that put off raises till July of this year and furlough days, this was done at the beginning of the state budget crises. Unfortunately the situation has not only not improved but has got worse. Thus the layoffs to be able to give the remaining teachers the raise, not just one raise but 3 during the next year. The union even went in last week to audit the districts budget, and while they did find some errors they have come to the conclusion that it is bad, thus the negotiations.
What this means for us
One of the big things this does to us is health insurance. As it stands right now health benefits will end on June 30th which really sucks as I have therapy sessions scheduled for Aug (which Im not to concerned about) and a GI appointment next week. The GI is important to me as they may be scheduling an endoscopy to find out what is going on with my reflux/stomach and I would really like to know 🙂 Also effects the meds I take, hope to talk to the doctor and maybe get a 3 month supply prescription to hold out till the new school year. Then we may have to consider COBRA or another alternative health insurance which means another budget line to my already stretched out dollar.
She gets paid once a month so im not quite sure if June 1st would be the last paycheck or July 1st will be, have to ask when she gets home. After that she can file for unemployment but that is not much and as we discovered last year, taxes are not taken out and we need to set some aside for that. So she will have to try and defer her student loans again and we will be looking for more ways to cut back here and there, as well of course ways to gain more side income. Side income myself has dried up a bit this month which really hurts, especially since the main business has slowed a bit as well.
So we wait
She has put together her resume, not sure if she has sent it anywhere yet though. Like I mentioned she really likes it where she is at. We are on pins and needles right now waiting on these negotiations, and there are some in the union trying to derail them. The union leadership has stated they are doing this because a majority of those surveyed are in favor of it (as we are). She is also waiting to see if she can be picked up summer school, although being one of the pink sliped may mean she is no longer considered. We have talked about getting the resumes out anyway because going through this ever year is tough and if she can get in with another district or a private school that doesn’t have this every year it would be great.
I know some of you out there have gone through this in your own carrer, how do you cope and cut?