Reality check

I have discovered that the music drunk me likes and the music sober me likes are two very different things. For example, drunk me really likes FloRida. Sober me realizes his lyrics were written by a drunk lizard.

Happy Friday to you too…

So this afternoon we got a list of possible concessions the district expects us to make because the levy didn’t pass.  I just am in shock.  When my coworker read the list, she literally started crying.  Here are some of the highlights:

*4 unpaid days of work totaling a cost of 2% cut to our salaries.  Not so bad, I can handle this one.  My only concern with this one is that it would also include snow days.  So if we have a bad snow and we don’t work, we don’t get paid for those days AND we can’t take vacation days to cover the unpaid days.  So the potential is there to have a paycheck that’s cut in half due to snow days.  Not exactly something one can bargain for.  But this is probably the least worrisome of the concessions.

*Insurance changes.  They want to increase what we pay on our insurance by 20%.  This increases what I pay for my insurance by $1400 a year.  In addition to raising our monthly premiums which, while I don’t like it I do understand that everyone is having pay more for their insurance so it’s a little easier to take but seriously?  20%?!? That’s huge.  I digress, in addition to that, they want to double our high deductible contributions.  A family would have to pay $2400 out of pocket before ANY insurance picks up.  Instead of paying a deductible when we go to the doctor, we have to pay for all of it out of pocket.  So they want to double that.  That would make these cuts total another 4% salary cut.

*Next, salary concessions.  They want to cut our salary back to the income we had two years ago and  put us on an indefinite salary freeze.  This would total an additional 6% salary cut.

*Schedule changes.  They are additionally talking about cutting our work week down to 4 days a week and cutting our salaries to reflect this.  They don’t have numbers to show how this would impact our salaries at this point.

*Overloading classes.  They will apply to the state for a waiver to increase class sizes.  Currently, my district is rated “Excellent with Distinction”.  If they overload our classes, which seriously teachers are already trying to educate 30 students at a time so overloading…I can’t imagine what those numbers will look like.  That’s ridiculous.  Teachers will become babysitters and our state wide test results which seem to be the only thing that administration cares about will most certainly drop.

They have suggested all of this but not told us if it will even save any jobs.  They are currently planning on cutting all art, music, and gym at the elementary and middle school levels and taking the HS down to the state required numbers which let me tell you…it’s not much.  They are also planning on cutting all extracurriculars, honors level courses, electives, and study halls.  In addition to all of that, they are predicting to cut another 70 to 80 jobs depending on the salaries of the teachers they cut.

These cuts are so drastic.  They total a 12% salary reduction for teachers who are already being paid at the second lowest rate in the county we live in.  We are 14/16th for lowest paid employees.  And they want to cut even more.  When will everyone stop blaming the teachers?  We can’t work for free and we can’t teach if we don’t have the resources.  I’m sick about this.  I have begun looking for another job…at this point, I don’t care if it’s teaching related or not as long as it pays the bills.

Thoughts for Friday the 13th

* my heated windshield wipers don’t work. I can’t see shit

*my hair literally froze while trying to clean off said wipers

*i hate my job. I’ve said it before but it doesn’t begin to compare to how I feel about this year

*i wanted a two hour delay but didn’t get it. The roads aren’t that bad. People are driving like we got 6″ instead of the measly 1.5″ we actually got.

This post Brought to you by the letter F for f*ing cranky.

Toight

I hate how when I buy new jeans the first time I wear them they almost dont button and give me muffin top but if I buy them to actually fit in store they are two sized too big by the second time I wear them

ewww

I love the moments when you realize that the person you’re looking at is the person you love above everything else. This is the person you want to have children, be silly, be sad, travel, and grow old with.

Happy January!

from a day filled with suck…

on that note…New Year’s resolutions are not my thing but I’ve decided that I need to be a bit healthier.  Not as in lose weight healthier, but just more aware of what I put in my body (as I made homemade caramel sauce tonight and pathetically licked every utensil clean…gosh it was delicious!)

So I’m going to track my eating for a week.  I’m going to use SparkPeople because I’ve used it in the past and it’s free and easy.  I’m going to see where my calories are coming from.  Not count them mind you because I learned that while training for a marathon (plan started this week, got one day in, messed up my back something fierce and am still recovering…plan will start Sunday), you can’t count calories.  At least I can’t.  I’m so hungry I eat a lot.  But I can be more conscious of where my calories are coming from.  So I’m going to look at my proportions, hopefully cut some bad carbs, increase the good ones…find new sources for protein and become a little healthier and a better fueled athlete in the process.

Any good resolutions out there to share?