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man what a day

17 September 2014 - 05:06 PM

Without going into detail for privacy details (of my students, not mine), let me just say this has been a hell of a day.


Ups and downs... full of triumphs and tribulations, good news and bad news.  Wanted to hug a couple kids, wanted to flat out kick a couple in the face, and just scratching my head at a few others.


This is one of those days where I sit back and wonder "how long can I keep doing this" and in the next breath "how could I ever do anything else".


Being a high school teacher in a public school in NC....never a dull moment.


Sometimes it's a job you hate to love.


Not sure what my point was in posting here since I can't mention any specifics. I can't even have a couple beers to unwind because I may have to go out to a school-related event later.



Got my first paycheck from the "biggest teacher raise in NC history"

01 September 2014 - 05:57 PM

Would have been a nice raise if they hadn't taken longevity away.


Averaged out to $112 more per month (if you look at it the way the legislature marketed it, it'd be over $200 per month--but they leave out the part about losing longevity).


Also, with the new scale I'm locked in for 5 years.


So for those playing at home, in 2019 I will be making exactly $112 more per month than I did in 2008.


Now I know some folks will chime in with "I haven't had a raise since 2006" and so forth... I'm just making a point and I'm not sure this is the best way to recruit new teachers and retain current ones.


But you can sure bet a lot of our legislators have already printed up brochures touting the "largest raise in NC history" for their upcoming reelection bids.

building a house

30 June 2014 - 07:09 PM

So the wife and I are looking at building a house... yeah, I know. 


We have the lot and it's been surveyed and we've been working with a guy designing our house plans and now we are shopping those out to builders.


Not looking at anything TOO extravagant but definitely not a shack either.  We'll have a main level and a walk-out basement (finished), probably 3000-3300 total square feet.


Anyone here built a home lately?  Material-wise we're looking at mainly some cedar shakes siding, stonework and maybe a little brick, hardwood floors (main level) with stamped concrete in the basement.  Three car garage (got to have a place for the boat) and nice fixtures...you get the idea.


We've got three builders working on some bids and should be hearing back within the next week or so.  Just wondering what to expect as far as price per square foot etc.  or any other hints you have (those who have been through it).



divorce law in NC-- division of property

25 June 2014 - 04:54 PM

Just wondering (this is not for me by the way-- I know I married out of my league and I ain't going anywhere).


I know NC is an equitable property state, which basically means at divorce everything is split fairly.


That being said, anyone know if it matters why the two are divorcing?


I have a friend who has made a very good living, good enough that his wife was able to retire early. Now she's hopped up on drugs and alcohol, been to rehab several times, and can't kick the habit. Doesn't seem to want to.  So he's going to look at his options.


Is she still going to get half his poo?


More teacher pay news

29 May 2014 - 04:30 PM



So basically the senate is hanging on to "we don't want teachers to have due process" even though the courts just ruled that taking it away was a no-no.  So they dangle this carrot out in front of the teachers saying you can have this big ol' raise but you have to give up career status (what some folks call tenure).



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