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"Reduction in force"

March 21st, 2010 at 07:40 am

Tomorrow we will meet with the school superintendent to discuss how our school district will handle the governor's proposed school aide cuts in New Jersey. Our district alone (three school altogether) will see a 70% decrease, which equals to $1.2 million less in aide. That's not even counting the $300k deficit will have if the town budget is not approved. I suspect that it will not pass. Our superintendent feels that 27 staff members across the board will have to be laid off and many extracurricular activities for the kids will be eliminated.

My husband and I were talking and we came up with a plan just in case I happen to be included in the proposed "reduction in force". This is what we will have to do: I can collect unemployment for a while (some people I know have been collecting for a year and three months already). Then I'll sign up to do substitute teacher work in nearby towns. The pay for that is between $80-$100 a day. That will buy us enough time for my youngest son to complete high school and then we would put the house up for sale and either move to our rental house or move out of state (if only we can buy a house cash and secure some sort of employment). I doubt I'd be able to find a teaching job when each school district will be letting go of many teachers. Our goal as of today is to complete as many home repair projects as we can before the end of June (paying cash for each one of them). We are in the process of negotiating a price to paint our house.

Sorry for the long post. I hope you all have a wonderful and peaceful week. I'll keep you posted on what happens tomorrow.

4 Responses to “"Reduction in force"”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    It's great you have a plan for the worst, and a good one at that!

  2. snshijuptr Says:

    When my husbands district RIFs teachers, many end up being rescinded. Also many were able to find permanent sub positions in the schools they formally worked at. Kids still need to be taught by someone. Try to be aggressive in keeping your job and you might have some luck. Of course here is hoping you are not RIFed.

  3. homebody Says:

    Your post was not long! Especially on such an important topic! Good luck (my parents were both teachers!).

  4. Elisabeth Says:

    If not this year, than next, I think my job will be in serious jeopardy as school funds are cut. I also have a plan but I hope I don't have to implement it. Its good you are preparing, just in case. Best wishes (and I agree your post was not long)!

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