We had a staff meeting today, and at 3:50, which is when the meeting is supposed to end, the principal told all staff except classroom teachers that they could leave. Then, she handed classroom teachers a piece of paper that read as follows: I have mentioned on a number of occasions this year (staff recalls one mention) that we will be looking at making some staffing reassignments. Reassignment of staff withing an elementary school is an educationally sound practice that especially enables staff to be part of the larger scope and sequence. They see how different units of study fit into the larger picture. It also enables staff, who are versed at more than one level, to use those skill to increase differentiation opportunities for students with whom they work. Lastly, it allows staff increased opportunities to work closely with other staff members in the building. We will begin the process of staff reassignment with the 2006-2007 school year and will have the goal of reassigning on a five year rotation. I would like your input to help accomplish the process. After these paragraphs, we're asked to name our first and second choice for a grade level move and our rationale for that choice. Staff members were stunned. The principal mentioned reassigning staff once, in the context of a discussion about five elementary staff members retiring. We had no clue she was talking about reassigning her choice of staff members in the coming school year. The principal stated that this has been successful in many school districts and is widely implemented. Do any of you work in a district that reassigns staff to different grade levels on a rotating basis whether the staff member wants to move or not? This is just the tip of the iceberg; top-down management based on some new idea the principal read about runs rampant in our school. Teacher morale is at an all-time low, and teachers walk into school looking like they've just been slapped in the face. Staff have talked to the principal and, because nothing changes, to the superintendent. I'm just one of many staff members who called a school board member tonight because the superintendent has done nothing to help. Thanks for letting me vent, and please let me know if you have the "rotating reassignment schedule" in place at your school, and if so who decides where/when staff members get moved and whether or not staff has any input.