I had a note to go in to talk with our principal today. She politely thanked me for my interest in a divisional lead position, but said that they were going in a different direction for next year. The kicker--I didn't apply for a lead position. It's one thing to be rejected for a position you apply for, but to be rejected for one you haven't expressed an interest in is really a kick in the you-know-what! I can hear the behind-the-scenes conversation now: "What will we say if MrsC applies? " "I don't know; we don't really want her in that role." "I know, let's call her in, thank her for her interest and tell her that we are going in a new direction for next year and that she already has a lot on her plate." "Good idea. If we reject her before she even applies she won't even consider it. I'll call her down now."