Has it ever taken you a long time to sign a contract?

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  1. jennaleigh

    jennaleigh Rookie

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    Hi,

    I was offered a teaching position on July 2nd. Since then I have met with the principal twice, met the superintendent, gotten my room keys, taken curriculum books home with me, gotten board approval, etc. It's an hour and twenty minutes north of where I live right now (at home - this job is my first teaching job), so my principal even gave me advice for where to live and I have secured an apartment for the fall. I love everyone I've met so far and they have all been very friendly to me.

    Last Monday, I met with the principal and we went to the district office to meet the superintendent and to get my paperwork (tax forms, insurance forms, etc). My contract was not ready yet. The payroll and benefits specialist told me should would have it ready for me this Monday. I drove up there today to turn in my paperwork and sign my contract and it was still not ready. She said something along the lines of the superintendent hadn't given her my wage sheet yet (the superintendent has, however, emailed me my salary offer and I had to sign it and scan and email it back and I did this about two weeks ago). She said she would get in touch with him and then would mail the contract to me. This is a small district. I plan on e-mailing her next Tuesday if I haven't received a contract in the mail by then.

    I am just wondering if anything like this has ever happened to anyone else before? It just makes me nervous not having the contract signed. I know since I have my keys and fob, the board has approved it, I've worked in my classroom a bit, and I've turned in my tax and insurance forms, the has to be mine...right? It just makes me anxious not having signed the dotted line yet. This is my dream job and I've already done so much to prepare for it and put a security deposit down on an apartment!

    Thanks.
     
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  3. agdamity

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    I used to work in a district where we signed our contracts in April, for the year we started the previous August! Since you're board approved, and have turned in all the tax paperwork, etc., I'd say you're good.
     
  4. dgpiaffeteach

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    July can be a slow month. I wouldn't worry too much, though I know it's hard. It sounds like you'll be okay!
     
  5. Stlteach89

    Stlteach89 Rookie

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    I was offered my job June 23rd. The next board meeting wasnt until July 16th. I just received and signed my contract today. It can take a while but you'll sign it.
     
  6. waterfall

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    Contract signing is not a big deal around here (you could never "wait until you've signed a contract" to stop looking for positions). One year I signed one in October and one year I didn't sign one at all. I was just given my contract for next year about a week ago, and I'm a returning teacher to that school. It's just not a priority or something they'll quickly draw up around here.
     
  7. DHE

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    Last year new and seasoned teachers signed contracts in September because contracts were being revised.
     
  8. bella84

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    I tend to think that people on this board place too much importance on signing a contract... which leads to people in your position - new, eager teachers who have been searching for awhile - to feel overly anxious about signing a contract on the dotted line. I get that the importance of contracts varies from region to region, as do many other things in education, but I just don't think it's as big of a deal as others make it out to be, generally speaking (I know some places really are big on this stuff).

    You have the job. Based on everything else you said, this job is yours. The contact isn't going to make it any more or less yours.

    I think we forget that many other fields don't have contracts. New hires show up, fill out paperwork, maybe get a badge or some keys, and they start working at their new job. Teaching is pretty much the same way, except that we like to freak out about having a piece of paper that says the job is ours. Truthfully, if a school wants to get rid of someone, contract already signed or not, they can probably find a way. This is the same reason I don't put much stock in tenure. I'm going to show up and do a good job regardless of having it. Politicians seem to be up in arms wanting to take it away. I'm not going to let it get to me. Tenure or not, if a school wants me gone, they'll find a way to make it happen.

    So, don't stress out about this one tiny component of starting your new job. Just breathe and continue getting ready for the new adventure.
     
  9. swansong1

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    I agree with the previous poster. Around here, contracts are no big thing. Most years we never even get a contract, just a letter stating our salary. And that doesn't usually show up until the school year is almost over!

    It sounds like you have all your ducks in a row with the powers that be in your district. Have a great year!
     
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    The letter we sign is our contract. It usually states our position, building and salary. What more do you need?
     
  11. SCTeacher23

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    I generally worry about contract signing too (especially if I am resigning from another job to take a new job), but I personally have never heard of someone going into a meeting with the superintendent and filling out paperwork (even if there wasn't an actual contract) and then the job falling through. I remember my last job in a public school, I was hired a month into school, and actually reported to work for about 2 weeks without a contract. I filled out paperwork and met with the Super prior to my start date, but I didn't actually receive a contract until the board meeting.
     
  12. olivecoffee

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    I start as a new-to-the-district / first year teacher in two weeks. I still have not signed a contract. Last year, the 2014-2015 school year contracts weren't even done until October. I'm assuming the same thing will happen with this school year's contract. I did sign an intent of employment / offer acceptance the day I was officially offered the position, but not an official contract that gives me my contract hours, contract days, resignation info, etc. The board approved me for hire in April.

    From the sound of everything, the job is yours.
     
  13. giraffe326

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    It took me about 7 weeks to get my contract the last time I switched schools. Things are slow in the summer, especially in July.
     

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