It is that time of year. I had my end of the year evaluation meeting with my P on Friday and he told me he was worried that there wouldn't be enough kinders next year to support four teachers. He said he couldn't even say with any authority that he could keep me half-time as a kinder teacher. That could change in a heartbeat, and the other teachers tell me that last year the numbers were also low at this time, and look what happened (I went from part-time to full-time two days before school started because of an explosion in enrollments at the last minute). But, that said, this year's numbers to-date for enrollment are far below last year's. This is a new school and district to me. I won't go into the details, but I was non-renewed last year as a second year teacher after a very troubling experience with the new building administrator. I was teaching first grade at my old school. By some miracle, I was hired at my current school despite the non-renewal and a blisteringly negative evaluation. I love my new district. It is the district I live in and it has been very supportive of me. I adore my current P and trust him. He has been fair and honest with me and has been an exceptional administrator. I enjoy my colleagues and like the diversity in the school population. I just really like the school. My evaluations have been great, ending with all the Danielson Farmework domains either proficient or distinguished. Not bad for an older, middle-aged third year teacher that had been dragging around last year's evaluation that rated me as "unsatisfactory". Anyway! I asked the P what my options were. He said there have been no requests to transfer by teachers in the building, but there is a retirement in 2nd and he has an opening there. He also said he has the money in his budget for an additional first grade teacher because he thinks there will be enough incoming first graders to warrant adding a teacher at that grade level. He asked me if I would be interested in moving up to first or second. He mentioned if I moved up to first, I could loop with many of my students. I find this very exciting. He also said that all that being noted, he thinks I do a great job at kindergarten and that is where he sees me shining. I asked if I would be able to move back down to kinder if the numbers supported it in the 2018-2019 school year. He said absolutely he would be okay with that. I stressed to him that the low numbers for kinder are not a surprise. I have done one day's registration and an evening's orientation for incoming kinders and I have seen the reality myself. I also told him that I would like to stay in the building if at all possible and that I am interested in moving up if that keeps me in the building. He said he wasn't sure what the process is, since this is his first year as a principal. He thinks if I take the 2nd grade class, it would just be an internal move that he would have direct control of and that he would not have to post the opening. But that the first grade opening (if it happens) might need to be posted because it is a new position. And that means I would have to interview for it. We left it with me thinking about it and he said he would get clarification from his boss on what the process would be in the meantime. I left the meeting feeling pretty confident that I would have a place somewhere in the building next year. But...he never said the words "I promise you". There are benefits to moving to first. I share a hallway with the first grade team and I know them all. And I could loop with many of my kids. And I taught first for two years and am familiar with that grade. However, opening another first grade classroom takes away a kinder classroom and that has caused some heartburn for two of my kinder team-mates who do not like each other. They would have to share a room and one has already said that is a non-starter. I offered to share a room with both of them and have moved between the two every day this whole year because that was the easiest way I could see to keep the peace (and to keep them both at part-time so I could have the last minute second class). The 2nd grade team is strong. There is a switch happening with a 3rd grade teacher moving down and switching grades with a 2nd grade teacher. But even still, the team is strong. I have never taught 2nd, though. Not even as a substitute. What should I do? Any thoughts or advice?