I am looking for colleagues' thoughts on leaving during the school year, not to leave teaching, but to transfer districts. I currently work in an urban magnet school. Most of the teachers have less than five years of experience and there is no mentorship for new teachers. The faculty is very divided in that conversations between colleagues are minimal and in that everyone mostly goes to his/her office after class. The discipline policy relies intensively on security removing students from class for the smallest of infractions, creating a student climate that is absent of accountability. There are also very few resources available - the most detrimental of which is not having a library. There are no clubs, no sports, etc. An opportunity recently presented itself in a rural school district that has a brand new school. From who I know there, the student and faculty climate is very positive, the technology and resources are state of the art, and the support for new teachers is amazing. If offered the position, I would, of course, love to accept it, but I am wondering what you all think about leaving during the school year and how I might go about informing the principal.