I have been teaching for 10 years and resigned last school year due to family reasons. So I just found my dream job at a school district in Maryland. The curriculum supervisor along with the Principal absolutely loved me and recommended me for hire. So I get an email from HR stating that my application was incomplete without 3 references. I submitted 6 letters of recommendation which included both colleagues and supervisors. I guess they have their own official form for references. The problem is that my last 6 supervisors (which is all of them) have retired and I have no way to contact them. They won't accept the personal letters from my former supervisors (even though they are originals and signed) and now I'm stuck. I am so upset that this job hinges on such a formality. Any ideas? I have never had something like this happen.