Hi everyone,-----sorry it's so long.... The Financial Director began the meeting with these words..."First, let me say, we value each and every one of you in this school, but..." My school had a mandatory teacher meeting yesterday to inform us that effective immediately all teachers would have a 30% pay cut that began about a week or so ago. Pay checks are due out on Friday. The explanation given for these cuts were simply the owners of the school--it's private--have run into a bit of financial problems and the only solutions were either teacher layoffs or pay cuts. He said he and his wife have known for a time that a decision had to be made and unfortunately, now they had to decide. The school administration is very strange. They get upset if you need copies made for the children to use. You, the teacher, do not have access to the printers to print your own material, and anything that needs to be copied has to be in the office no earlier than 24 hours in advance at the minimum. I left an item in the office one morning before school for the next day and the next day, it was still in the bin to be copied. School pictures were Monday and it was required that the staff purchase a demin shirt and sweater (with school logos on both)--Price $75. Again, this was a mandoratory thing. They bring us in the office on Tuesday and tell us the news. Parent-Teacher conferences are Thursday and Friday with Friday as a payday. One of the teachers, a 2-year-olds teacher, quit on the spot. She came back this morning to talk with the head of the school about what the law says in our state....businesses must give 30 days written notice for any impending pay reduction and cannot be retroactive. So today when the financial director called me into his office to inform me of my new salary, I made a comment to the law. He became beligerent and told me that he'd been in business for over 12years, that he didn't have to have the law quoted to him, and he was fully aware what he could do. He further told me that they had to make this decision or else lay teachers off and to reiterate what he said yesterday about financial problems. I told him that I didn't care, that he should've made a payroll decision in August when teaching jobs were still available out there. He wasn't too happy with me. Now I don't know what to do about this job. I like the kids, like to teach, but I can't see working as hard as I do for so very little money. Personally, already I've invested a huge amount of my own money--even brought in my own printer and paper to copy as I needed. Advice anyone?