So, I mentioned earlier, that I was going for National Board. I'm seriously having second thoughts. First off is the expense. I'm only applying for 2 out of the 4 components this year and it's going to cost me $1000, and I don't have any way to reimburse the expense. Secondly, I've been trying to get support for months now from my districts "National Board Support Group". The people running it must have just entirely dropped the ball this year. I was told there would be meetings in September and I would be informed of them. No information was delivered. I re-contacted, and told that the person running the support group was just too busy to organize any meetings. I have heard nothing since. I was informed of one support meeting online run by the National Board themselves, but I was only informed the day of, and that it was smack dab in the middle of the day, so by the time I read it, I was unable to do anything about it (not that I would have anyway, since it was during teaching time). I've been working away using the resources I could find (apparently, they don't send you a box anymore, so you have to search their poorly designed website for the correct 47-page long instruction manuals for each component) and have made good progress, but I have no idea if I'm making good progress in the right directions. I'm starting to question whether this is all worth it. I will receive a $1000 dollar bonus, but it will take me two years (plus when taxes are taken out) to make back the money I spent on this. I'm wondering what you guys think. Is it worth it? Should I keep going or just opt out? The deadline for payment is coming up, and I haven't paid yet, so I could still make it out of this without wasting my money.