Well, it seemed like a definite possibility that I was going to lose my job today on the ol’ debt-free anniversary. Sobering!
Yesterday I got an email inviting the 4 people in the the school district that have my position to a meeting with the HR director and Finance director. Never good. Especially a meeting with no agenda. We suspected there was a 70% chance they would reduce the hours (again) and 30% chance I would be gone altogether in the next school year.
It turned out that they are going to reclassify the position which will take away vacation pay and some of the holiday pay. I can live with that. I am relieved because I love my library job and the kids. My husband is relieved because he is really eyeing up retirement at 57, and a comparable job would be hard to find for me in the current education climate. I am not ready to give up summers off because of DD’s age.
So, debt-free day will close with massive gratitude and relief. Underlying these feelings is motivation to “make hay while the sun shines” and keep saving for both a UK vacation and retirement to make my husband’s early retirement a reality (he has over 10 years to go).
Have you had an employment wake-up call like this? In education it’s become dicey every single year.