Every week the thought of what to do after this contract crosses my mind. The most important thing I think about is my housing. I am already set on continuing another year here in Korea, but it isn't going to be inside a shoebox sized house.
So if my current school wants to keep me they are going to have to offer me better housing. I won't sign the contract until I get a guarantee and start seeing action by the administration that they will move me. But I have to wait till July to start the negotiations. If that doesn't work out or they don't even want me for a second year I will take my chances at another school, being patient this time before I make a choice.
I thought I would write about this because I was wondering if anyone else has experiences with negotiating their second year contract at a public school. Already the feel I have for my school's administration is that you have to point out the words in the contract and remind them over and over what it means.
All in all though I have a set of choices to ponder over till it is true decision time. Let's take a look:
- Re-sign for a second year: As I said I would demand better housing before I sign. Plus: know the schedule, kids and administration. Also the area is nice. Minus: Could become bored with area and school.
- Finish current contract: This would leave me with no job for November onwards. It is difficult to get a 'choice' school during this season. I could move to temporary accommodations and look for a job. Or I could take the free flight home and chill out in America then come back.
- Extend current contract to end of January: The prime public school hiring season is for February and March. So if I chose to leave my current school behind then I would ideally like to wait till the end of January to pick a new school. I want to stay in Gyeonggi-do to make my way up the GEPIK ladder. So far I am not really sure which area to pick, but I do like my current area and Bundang. Another option is to get on the Seoul Public School system.
But I am more interested in life here. For now I am strongly going for choice #1, but I am not looking forward to negotiating with them for a new house. The fact that I even have to convince them that I need a better house is annoying. It reminds me how most Koreans don't understand what it is like to live alone. Meaning I am still bitter from how my first coteacher handled the housing. Something I should let go of...but she doesn't have to live in it... I do.
All right well stay tuned to see what happens.