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What to do about a liar?(long)


From: L. P. Skeen (lpskeen_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Mar 27 2001 - 00:37:41 PST

<ahem> A certain person I know has a principal he can't trust. On the day he was hired, this person was told, in front of a witness, that his budget would be X. When the actual $ came in (3 months later!), he only got half of X. He was also told that because he was part time, if he had to stay after school for a meeting, or detention, etc., that he would be able to use comp time for those hours.

This person was hired the day before school started, so he had not planned on working this school year, and had made plans to attend 3 workshops and conferences over the course of the year. The principal was informed of this on the day this person was hired, and agreed that it would not be a problem for this person to take the time off on those days. However, when it came time for him to fill out absence approval forms, the principal gave this person a hassle. On the second absence, the principal agreed to pay for the sub, gas, mileage, meals, and one of the 2 motel nights, all of which are allowed by the county. When the teacher returned, only the sub and the motel night were covered; the teacher was stuck withh the remainder. On another such occasion, the principal signed the approval form 2 months ahead of time and VOLUNTEERED to pay for the sub. The day before this person was supposed to leave for the conference, he received a note in his box that stated, "I did not give approval for this absence."

In January, this person attended a full-day workshop put on by the state and local association. He did not know at the time he signed up, but the workshop was approved by the superintendent as a "trade day", meaning that in exchange for the hours of the workshop, the teacher could be off on any workday that students were not present. Each attendee was given a form to fill out when it was time to use the trade day.

When spring break came around, the teacher filled out his form and turned it in. On the day before spring break started, the principal had the assistant principal call the teacher into the office. The principal was very nasty and rude to the teacher, and stated that a call had been placed to the school attorney, and that the attorney said the principal did not have to grant this day off. The principal further stated that
1. The teacher was supposed to have the principal's permission to attend the workshop in the first place.
2. The form was supposed to have been turned in IMMEDIATELY on Monday after the workshop.
3. If the superintendent had approved this trade day, he should have "...scratched out here where it says 'principal' and written in 'superintendent'."
4. the lawyer "says I don't have to give you comp time, so you can't be off " that day.
5. The teacher was supposed to make arrangements to share what he learned at the workshop with the rest of the school!
6. The teacher, even though he is new, was supposed to know all this already.

Fortunately for the teacher, the superintendent happened to be in the building that day, so the issue was resolved when the principal took the form to the super. After that, the principal was sweet as pie, like she had approved the absence all along.

This teacher is really quite exasperated with the lying principal. He is weighing the pros and cons of teaching at this school next year. Any ideas would be appreciated.

L. P. Skeen
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