At first I wasn't too bothered, as I had suspected something like this was going to happen, but I discovered yesterday that I am the ONLY teacher getting a pay cut.
This annoyed me slightly.
Then another incident gave me an example of what it is I actually do for NLHS.
It was noticed that one set of marks was not appearing in the reports, but existed in an electronic form in the correct place in the KAMAR mark books, and "could I please fix it quickly?" " As the reports had to be printed NOW" I was with Geordie teacher at the time, working on the timetable, and as I began to work my way through the troubleshooting tree to find the problem, he mentioned that it appeared bloody complex and that he wouldn't be able to find the problem without the manual.
I mentioned as I found the problem that there was no manual, it was all in my head, filed away as I had discovered all the undisclosed problems in the KAMAR system. The problem was that on the 14th page of the markbook setting page the letter "A" had not been typed into a box when a subject had had its name changed (on a completely different subject setup page) last month.
The current DP in charge of curriculum also mentioned that they wanted to change the report format for next year's Term 1 report. From a text comment (a real pain-in-the-arse to do) to a simple check-box based system. This is a fairly lengthy project, requiring a fairly in-depth knowledge of the fields available and the intrinsic structure of a relational database.
Well the new DP in charge of the curriculum is Ringo. So that means he's in charge of reports.
The Principal (who apparently felt really bad about taking away my Management Unit, but not as bad, probably, as I felt) mentioned that I shouldn't have got it in the first place, and that the DP in charge (Runner) at that time should just have learned to do it herself.
If that's what he thinks, then it would seem only equitable to let Ringo do it ALL himself.
The last time he was let loose on KAMAR, we had the worst timetable ever seen in NLHS, and for the first 4 - 6 weeks, the kids in the classes kept changing.
I wish him well of it.
There's an old Scottish tradition. No money, no work.
I would be willing of course to go back to the job as a consultant. I would think about $1000 per diem should suffice. Seeing that a KAMAR trainer from KAMAR itself costs about $1200 - $1600 per day, it would seem to be a bargain.
Time will tell.
|Says it all really.|