1/31/09

Change.....hmmm not always good!

Well, I have not blogged much this week because of a numbness of emotions.

Mom-Please do not worry. This will sound bad but it could make for some possibilities in my life.

We found out this week that our school is going to be cut by about 50% next year. The Utah Legislature is going to cut the education budget by about 11 million dollars for the next year. This is going to cause every district in the state to do some major budget cuts. Our district is hurting bad already and this has only made the problem worse. Anyway, what this means for our school is that it is going to be restructured. There will not be any freshmen at Independence next year. There will also only be a staff of about 9 instead of the 18 teachers that now teach. (Funny how my mom a few weeks ago said to me: "Good thing you and your sister are in a profession where you do not have to worry about job security").

I was really mad about this news. Not only do we all fear for our jobs at our school but we also are a family and I cannot imagine walking through those halls with half of my family gone. Also, we care about our students and in the end that is who is going to hurt by this decision to cut our program. I am not too worried about my job. I feel I have a good chance to be one of the nine that stays seeing that Health and PE are required core classes and I am the department, but you never know. I have already come up with a plan as to what I would do if out of a job. I probably would move back to Wisconsin and work some half the pay job for a year until I could get accepted into the journalism graduate program in Madison(I missed the deadline for Fall 2009 already!). I also may work in the District for a year(I am tenured so if I am not at Independence they will try an alternated placement for next year at a different school) and then proceed with the same plan. It is all up in the air until we know exactly what is going to happen with Independence and the state budget. (the state legislature will finish voting in the next week or so)

I really don't want to work at any other school and I do not have a mortgage to pay so I am in a good place to make other plans in life. I am working real hard right now to pay off my car so that debt will not kill me if I decide to do something else in life. It is funny how sometimes your plans are laughed at by the guy upstairs. I was perfectly content with just waiting and seeing what happened in my life but plans always change and sometimes we may be forced to do different things. So all in all, I have been mad, sad and angry this week. That is normal. I am getting to the point of acceptance of this huge change in my life but I am not quite there. I may be a little weepy about it for a few weeks so let's not talk about it! (that was mainly for mom or any of you that may be close by and actually have a conversation with me.)

I still am one of the faith that thinks everything happens for a reason and that things always work out in the end. This is just another bump in the journey. It will be exciting(even if a little scary) to see how things will work out!

Well, have a great day! I am going to live in denial until the plans are all finalized. I am going to see a movie tonight and go to lunch with some friends this afternoon. Cheers!

12 comments:

Brian and Kelsey said...

Don't you just love it when the Lord "tweeks" your life plan? Story of my life plan :-). Hope you had a fun denial filled weekend.
Love ya!

Elizabeth Peterson said...

I really hope the best works our for you...even if "THE BEST" is not what you had in plan. I think budget cuts are everywhere. Our district has major budget cuts and the elementary school we are at is in for some major pains. Lova ya!

Moo said...

Sorry to hear that you've had a stressful week. The unknown is always scary. I personally think living in denial is a good thing. You can't do anything about the situation right now, so denial is a good place to be. Have a great weekend! I hope that things work out in the best way possible for you.

MOM said...

Well, maybe I'll get my great journalist yet. I stil think your blog has been preactice for the future.

Actually, your first task could be to go through you blog and develop a book on teaching, or coaching, or just living because it is there.

I was more worried you were sick than that somethin else was wrong--
I don't think any person is going to be untouched in the next year by our "recession" or whatever it is.

Don't worry we have lots of room--

Love MOM

Erin said...

Alice-Your mom is very smart; i love the idea of a bloggy-book. Also, I am sorry your school is going to be "restructured"; I know it's really code for "We'll screw these kids over because they don't have anyone to advocate for them-no angry PTA moms at Independence!" I am so sorry. :-( Whatever happens, you are always in our prayers.

Morgan and Derek said...

Hang in there! I reeeeaallllly know that everything will work out exactly as it should, but it is still SCARY!

Love ya!

joanna said...

Wow, now that's huge news!! I too, know it will work out for you, things have to, it's just a matter of How.

I bet you are excited to watch the Superbowl today!!!! we are too!!!!
I have my Terrible Towel, t-shirt, socks, Stephan has his Pj pants (all of our Steelers garb) and we are ready for the showdown. Have fun and have a better week next week:-)
you are awesome!

The Wolford Family said...

I have to say I can't imagine you going home FOREVER!!!! Utah wouldn't be the same. But I also know that life happens and takes you where you need to be. Even if you don't know where that is
Love ya
Sarah

The Wolford Family said...

I have to say I can't imagine you going home FOREVER!!!! Utah wouldn't be the same. But I also know that life happens and takes you where you need to be. Even if you don't know where that is
Love ya
Sarah

The Wolford Family said...

I have to say I can't imagine you going home FOREVER!!!! Utah wouldn't be the same. But I also know that life happens and takes you where you need to be. Even if you don't know where that is
Love ya
Sarah

kri said...

Happy Ground Hog Day! I hope you are doing well today and that you are hearing good news about what your district will be doing for your school. Later.

The Hunsakers said...

I can't believe they are cutting the school so much. I was only there a year and leaving was the hardest thing in the world. I can't imagine having half of the family cut out like that. I would hate to be the person having to decide which teachers to eliminate. I hope all goes well for everyone though.