Today, we were informed that we will have to lose a teacher for the next school year. My school is in better shape than most, with others losing multiple teachers. Nearby Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools will supposedly be eliminating hundreds of positions (not all teachers). I am second-to-last hired. Three teachers were all hired for the 2007-2008 school year. One in June, me in July and another in August. Needless to say, I am nervous!! There is a chance a teacher may retire due to health reasons, but she does not want to. But, she may have to. So, this all could be for naught. I am trying to decide if I should get out the resume and begin actively looking for a job, or to wait it out. I would like to stay where I am since I won a grant for an ActivBoard and will not get it until next school year. I would be very sad to lose it. However, the town I live in (not teach in) is opening a new elementary school next year. They have a job fair in March. The town I live in is much better off economically than where I teach. The school district is also stronger as well. (My town is actually split into 2 districts, one being one of the best in the state. The other is the county schools, but the schools in my town top the district and have a rating of 9 or 10 by greatschools.net). I have a mortgage, live alone, etc... I moved 750 miles here alone to teach. I don't know what I would do if I lost my job. Do I give up my ActivBoard, grade level and who knows what else to try and find another job? Or wait it out until I know for certain? I know no one can answer these questions but me, but I am curious to hear other opinions. I am not thinking well right now!