Resigning advice

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  1. Rhesus

    Rhesus Comrade

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    Okay, maybe I'm jumping the gun here because I've not signed anything, but I have been given a verbal okey-dokey.

    The final step for the job I want to accept is to meet the superintendent and then sign a contract. Here's the rub; the superintendent and her staff are out until next week, so this won't happen until then.

    Meanwhile, school starts soon. The first staff day for my current position that I'm trying to leave is the 21st. This is pretty short notice, and getting even shorter. I feel badly about that, but the timing is outside of my control and I don't see myself turning down an offer just out of potential inconvenience for my current school, since job offers are pretty hard to come by these days.

    My current school is a private school and an at will employer. There is a contract, but neither it nor the faculty handbook say a single thing about resignation procedures (they do say quite a bit about grounds for termination, though).

    The old school has been a nice place to work, but the new school is 25 minutes closer to home and is likely to pay 60% more.

    Any suggestions on handling this?
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    If it were me, I would wait until I had signed the new contract before resigning, even if it meant resigning on short notice.
     
  4. Rhesus

    Rhesus Comrade

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    Absolutely. I will not resign unless I have put pen to paper.
     
  5. smalltowngal

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    Agreed!!
     
  6. littlemiskinder

    littlemiskinder Rookie

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    I'm in a similar situation.... I have an interview with a superintendent (I've already done 2 with the principal) next week and am hoping to hear back quickly so I can notify my school. I would definitely wait until you sign. There are plenty of teacher candidates looking for jobs so they won't have trouble filling the position after you leave.
     
  7. TeacherNY

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    I work in a private school and we must give 2 weeks notice or you won't get the money for any personal days you've aquired. I don't think they can really do much more than that since it doesn't say anything in the contract.
     
  8. Rainbowbird

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    Agree with the others. Oh, and :celebrate::celebrate::celebrate::celebrate::party:
     
  9. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    :yeahthat:

    I wouldn't have said this a few years ago, but it's a tough market...you've got to watch out for yourself. Given your contract is 'at will', you're within your rights to resign at any time...and they WILL find someone who will be thrilled to find a job! Congrats!
     
  10. Rhesus

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    I actually know someone whose position got eliminated and who might want my old job. That could take the sting out a little
     
  11. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Nice!
     
  12. giraffe326

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    I agree with the others- wait it out and apologize.

    Congratulations!
     
  13. Kangaroo22

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    Congratulations!
     

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