Just wanted to throw this scenario out there. I am currently (if nothing changes) heading into year two of subbing in three different local "better" school districts which have big populations and often have jobs available (though I never get them, they get around 1000 apps for some elementary jobs) . I got a call to interview next week for a maternity leave position about 45 minutes (lots of traffic) away in a rural, small township which may be considered one of the lesser districts in the state. They rarely have openings and as I said, they are smaller, considered poorer (economically, testing-wise and parent comment-wise) and much less desirable. I like the idea of the maternity position (should start end of Sept or early Oct) but they are hesitant to tell me when it runs until. I would never consider doing the perdiem subbing thing with this district because I could sub in a dozen places closer to home and my kid's childcare facility. Now when I consider the monetary issues, three days a week subbing will not cover my kid's childcare for those days but we did this last year and could afford it. The other district would obviously afford me a five day a week job but my kids childcare would go up another 300-400 dollars to cover that time and I have no idea if the teacher will return in November, Dec or Jan or later or not at all. I asked a friend who had a similar assignment last year and he was told a week before the teacher was to return that she would be back and he was pretty much out of luck in the district passed that point even though he really bonded with the parents and got nothing but praise from administrators. The principal in the district called him to sub once in a while but he made his bread and butter salary from subbing closer to home more steadily. He didn't get to interview for anything in the summer or for this year and he is back to subbing closer to home. I am puzzled. What would you do?