Like most school districts in the country, my district is struggling to balance the budget. As a new, non-tenured teacher (going into my 2nd year), this is obviously very stressful for me. What I find most frustrating is that my administration is very cryptic/secretive about what they're going to do to resolve the budget gap. Last year, the teachers that got laid off (only a handful) had NO warning. One day, they were just called in the office. They didn't see it coming AT ALL. I understand not wanting to incite panic in the faculty, but I think they should be more honest and straightforward from the get go about whether layoffs will happen, and how many. I'm excited/motivated about the school year, but at the same time I'm dreading the return of the constant worry. Every time my VP or P asked to speak to me, I'd break into a cold sweat thinking ' oh my gosh, this is it...' and they'd say something like "can you cover an extra lunch duty this week?" :unsure: It takes a lot out of me physically and emotionally to be in the dark. I'm wondering if this is the norm?