Yesterday was the last school day for students, and tomorrow is the last school day for teachers in our district. We have a longer than usual summer this year. Thanks to the state legislature, the starting time for school has been pushed back into August so to accomodate the more vocal tourist counties, such as Horry.
I’ve mentioned before how I miss the traditional starting and ending of school. The biggest difference is that starting next week I’ll work longer hours so I can get Fridays off, and I can lose the necktie. Other than that, it’s business as usual, probably even more so this summer with all of the projects we have going on.
Yesterday we got a shock. My friend and colleage, DeeDee Washington, is leaving our office to become principal of Brushy Creek Elementary, where I used to teach. I half-seriously begged her to take me with her. Especially this year, with a summer full of work looming, the thought of more relaxed days is mighty appealing. However, come fall, I’m not sure I could make that transition back to the classroom. I’m sure that if I did, I’d have a couple of rocky years as I got settled back into the routine, and by that time I’d be closing in on retirement. Scary thought.